China Southern A321 at Phuket and Penang on Apr 3rd 2019, fuel emergency, landed below minimum fuel reserve

Last Update: April 15, 2019 / 22:53:04 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 3, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CZ-6063

Destination
Phuket, Thailand

Aircraft Registration
B-6683

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A China Southern Airbus A321-200, registration B-6683 performing flight CZ-6063 from Guangzhou (China) to Phuket (Thailand) with 189 people on board, was on final approach to Phuket's runway 27 when the crew needed to go around due to changing winds and an oncoming weather front. The aircraft positioned for another approach to runway 27 but again needed to go around due to weather. The aircraft now positioned for a VOR approach to runway 09, however, again needed to go around due to weather. The crew decided to divert to Penang about 45 minutes after the first go around, the aircraft subsequently climbed to FL250 and diverted to Penang (Malaysia) about 200nm southsoutheast of Phuket. The aircraft was on approach to Penang's runway 04 when the crew needed to go around due to weather, the aircraft entered a hold for about 20 minutes and performed another approach to runway 04, which was continued for a successful landing about 30 minutes after the go around in Penang.

Chinese Officials reported the aircraft landed with 900kg of fuel remaining (about 700kg after taxi to the apron), the required minimum fuel reserve (30 minutes) was 1427kg of fuel. The weather at Penang had not been suitable for landing when the aircraft managed to touch down successfully.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 3 hours, then departed Penang and reached Phuket with a delay of 5.5 hours.

Metars Phuket:
VTSP 031000Z 00000KT 9000 TS VCSH FEW016CB BKN100 27/21 Q1010 NOSIG=
VTSP 030930Z 10007KT 050V160 9999 4000W -TSRA FEW016CB SCT018 27/20 Q1010 NOSIG=
VTSP 030900Z 10011KT 060V120 9000 VCSH SCT016CB 29/21 Q1009 NOSIG=
VTSP 030830Z VRB03KT 9999 FEW018TCU SCT020 34/23 Q1010 TEMPO FM0845 TL0930 VRB10G20KT 3000 TSRA=
VTSP 030800Z VRB04KT 9999 FEW018CU SCT020 33/23 Q1010 TEMPO FM0845 TL0930 VRB10G20KT 3000 TSRA=
VTSP 030730Z VRB05KT 9999 FEW018TCU SCT020 34/20 Q1010 NOSIG=
VTSP 030700Z VRB06KT 9999 FEW018TCU 34/21 Q1009 NOSIG=
VTSP 030630Z VRB05KT 9999 FEW018TCU 34/21 Q1010 NOSIG=
VTSP 030600Z 09008KT 050V140 9999 FEW018TCU 34/22 Q1011 NOSIG=
VTSP 030530Z VRB07KT 9999 FEW018TCU 34/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
VTSP 030500Z VRB08KT 9999 FEW020 34/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
VTSP 030430Z VRB07KT 9999 FEW020 33/23 Q1012 NOSIG=
VTSP 030400Z 08008KT 350V140 9999 FEW020 32/23 Q1013 NOSIG=

Metars Penang:
COR WMKP 031200Z VRB02KT 8000 FEW010 FEW017CB SCT140 BKN260 27/25 Q1010 RETSRA NOSIG=
WMKP 031130Z 00000KT 8000 TS FEW010 FEW017CB SCT140 BKN260 26/25 Q1010 NOSIG=
WMKP 031100Z VRB03KT 9000 -TSRA FEW012 FEW017CB SCT025 BKN260 26/25 Q1009 NOSIG=
WMKP 031030Z 00000KT 7000 -TSRA FEW010 FEW017CB SCT023 BKN260 26/25 Q1009 RETSRA NOSIG=
WMKP 031000Z 31004KT 210V020 6000 TSRA FEW010 FEW017CB SCT023 BKN260 26/25 Q1008 RETSRA NOSIG=
WMKP 030930Z 03012KT 290V080 6000 -TSRA FEW012 FEW017CB SCT025 BKN270 28/24 Q1008 TEMPO 3000 +TSRA=
WMKP 030900Z 21008KT 160V250 7000 TS VCSH FEW012 FEW017CB SCT140 BKN270 31/26 Q1008 NOSIG=
WMKP 030830Z 22010KT 190V250 7000 TS VCSH FEW012 FEW017CB SCT140 BKN270 32/26 Q1008 NOSIG=
WMKP 030800Z 22012KT 8000 TS FEW017CB SCT140 BKN270 33/26 Q1008 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 3, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CZ-6063

Destination
Phuket, Thailand

Aircraft Registration
B-6683

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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