Swiss A343 near Johannesburg on Jan 1st 2018, weather radar trouble

Last Update: January 2, 2018 / 16:42:03 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 1, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
LX-289

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMD performing flight LX-289 from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 219 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 220nm northnorthwest of Johannesburg already in Botswana Airspace when the crew decided to return to Johannesburg due to significant weather ahead in Botswana Airspace consisting of a line of thunderstorms and the failure of the weather radar, that could not be convinced to resume function despite consultation with company maintenance. The aircraft landed safely back on Johannesburg's runway 21R about 1:50 hours after departure.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 2:10 hours while maintenance worked to restore the weather radar function, then departed again and reached Zurich with a delay of 4 hours.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
HB-JMD
Country of Registration
Switzerland
Date of Registration
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Certification Basis
Airworthyness Category
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Legal Basis
TCDS Ident. No.
Manufacturer
AIRBUS S.A.S.
Aircraft Model / Type
A340-313
ICAO Aircraft Type
A343
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Max. Operational Passenger Seating Capacity (MOPSC), indicative
Minimum Crew
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 1, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
LX-289

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

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