Laudamotion A320 at Vienna, enroute and Dublin on Nov 25th 2019, communication problems and fumes
Last Update: December 11, 2019 / 22:35:43 GMT/Zulu time
The aircraft was unable to perform the return flight and remained on the ground for about 54 hours before returning to Vienna. The aircraft returned to service about 15 hours after landing in Vienna and about 72 hours after landing in Dublin.
The airline told Austrianwings about technical problems on the flight without further clarification despite three attempts by Austrianwings to get more detail. The spokeswoman reported a replacement Ryanair Boeing 737-800 transported the passengers booked onto the return flight to Vienna.
On Nov 28th 2019 The Aviation Herald obtained information about the sequence of events on board of the flight, the source commented: "Due to the rapid fleet expansion Laudamotion apparently did the one or other bad purchases".
OE-LOX (MSN 3272, former RP-C3244) had been stored in Indonesia and had joined Laudamotion on Nov 20th 2019 arriving in Vienna on Nov 20th 2019 at about 05:00Z (via intermediate stops in India and United Arab Emirates) and was on the first revenue flight for Laudamotion, when the occurrences took place.
On Nov 29th 2019 Austrocontrol, acting as Civil Aviation Authority of Austria, reported that the airline was put under heightened monitoring due to an unusual high number of occurrences in recent months. An investigation had already been opened in September 2019. The Austrian Ministry of Transport reported administrative proceedings are underway which may result in a high penalty.
On Dec 11th 2019 Austrianwings reported the aircraft was grounded in Vienna. The APU had been disabled as result of the occurrence under minimum equipment list requirements, the defect was deferred, the maximum time for deferring the defect has expired due to the unvailability of another APU in Vienna causing the aircraft to remain on the ground.
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