Air Canada A319 near Toronto on Oct 3rd 2012, fuel emergency
Last Update: October 16, 2012 / 19:31:56 GMT/Zulu time
Date of incident
Oct 3, 2012
San Diego, United States
ICAO Type Designator
The airline advised that due to the deteriorating weather the alternate airport had been changed from Greater Buffalo,NY (USA) 50nm southsoutheast of Toronto to Hamilton,ON (Canada) 40nm southwest of Toronto. The crew advised dispatch some time out that they were going minimum fuel, dispatch therefore arranged to slot the aircraft ahead of another flight with more fuel for holding. NAV Canada instructed the aircraft to fly direct to a waypoint close to the final approach fix for runway 05 and advised to expect a CAT II approach, RVR 1800 feet. After some calculations the crew declared minimum fuel. While inbound on an extended final ATC vectored the aircraft 5nm off track, the crew queried and repeated they were on minimum fuel, however, ATC subsequently turned the aircraft away from Toronto which prompted the crew to declare Mayday. The aircraft was immediately turned back towards Toronto landed without further incident, 1600 kg of fuel were remaining (required minimum fuel reserve 1000 kg). The crew filed an air safety report stating that the vectors on approach to Toronto would have put the aircraft into an emergency fuel situation, the decision to declare Mayday ensured an acceptable level of safety was maintained.
The Canadian TSB reported that the aircraft was enroute when the weather conditions at Toronto deteriorated to CAT II minimums in fog. ATC was advised the aircraft would need minimum fuel handling on arrival, the aircraft was resequenced to land ahead of another flight. However, on approach to Toronto the aircraft was radar vectored to a hold, which "would have jeopardized the minimum fuel requirements", the crew thus declared Mayday.
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Date of incident
Oct 3, 2012
San Diego, United States
ICAO Type Designator
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