Pobeda B738 near Moscow on Nov 14th 2020, fuel system blockage

Last Update: December 6, 2020 / 12:19:19 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 14, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DP-525

Aircraft Registration
VQ-BTC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Pobeda Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BTC performing flight DP-525 from Saint Petersburg to Cheboksary (Russia) with 140 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 90nm north of Moscow Vnukovo (Russia) when the crew decided to divert to Vnukovo Airport and descended rapidly reaching FL090 within 6 minutes. The aircraft landed safely on Vnukovo's runway 06 about 18 minutes after leaving FL370.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration VP-BPX departed Vnukovo about 57 minutes after landing of VQ-BTC and reached Cheboksary with a delay of 70 minutes.

The airline reported the aircraft diverted to Vnukovo due to a technical problem that did not affect the safety of the flight but could not have been fixed in Cheboksary due to lack of certified maintenance there.

The airport reported the aircraft diverted due to a fuel system blockage.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service 5 hours after landing.

On Dec 6th 2020 Rosaviatsia reported the crew received a fuel filter bypass indication for the right hand engine (CFM56). In consultation with the dispatch and due to lack of maintenance personnel available at the destination the crew decided to divert to Vnukovo Airport. During the descent towards Vnukovo the fuel filter bypass indication extinguished.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 14, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DP-525

Aircraft Registration
VQ-BTC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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