Lufthansa A321 at Vienna on Jul 12th 2018, flaps problem

Last Update: July 19, 2018 / 13:55:01 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-1240

Destination
Vienna, Austria

Aircraft Registration
D-AIRC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AIRC performing flight LH-1240 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Vienna (Austria), was on final approach to Vienna's runway 34 when the crew initiated a go around from about 1000 feet AGL due to a problem with the flaps. The aircraft climbed to 6000 feet MSL, positioned for another approach to runway 34 and landed safely on runway 34 at a higher than normal speed (about 173 knots over ground) on their second approach.

A passenger reported the aircraft went around on first approach. After landing on second approach the aircraft was received by emergency services, emergency services followed the aircraft to the gate.

The aircraft was able to depart for the return flight LH-1241 about 2 hours after landing but again landed at a higher than normal speed in Frankfurt (about 165 knots over ground) and remained on the ground in Frankfurt for 12 hours.

On Jul 19th 2018 The Aviation Herald received information that on approach to Vienna the flaps locked as result of an alignment fault. The flaps locked under high load (gusting winds, speed brakes out, high speed) maintenance released the aircraft to service again after a thorough check. The approach to Frankfurt was normal, flaps operated normally, the aircraft however landed at high gross weight with a tail wind (within limits).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-1240

Destination
Vienna, Austria

Aircraft Registration
D-AIRC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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