American A321 at Dallas on Apr 16th 2021, multiple lightning strikes

Last Update: April 21, 2021 / 20:48:52 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 16, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AA-665

Aircraft Registration
N540UW

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

Airport ICAO Code
KDFW

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N540UW performing flight AA-665 from Dallas Ft. Worth,TX to Charlotte,NC (USA) with 170 people on board, was climbing out of Dallas Ft. Worth's runway 17R when the aircraft received a number of lightning strikes prompting the crew to stop climb at about 13,000 feet, descend to 10,000 feet and subsequently returned to Dallas Ft. Worth for a safe landing on runway 17R about one hour after departure.

The FAA reported: "AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED MULTIPLE LIGHTNING STRIKES, QUITMAN, TX.", stated the aircraft received unknown damage and rated the occurrence an incident.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Dallas Ft. Worth on Apr 21st 2021, but is estimated to return to service on Apr 21st 2021.

On Apr 21st 2021 The Aviation Herald received information that apart from the weather radar being knocked out by the lightning strike it appears the left engine (V2533) was out for about 30 seconds after the lightning strikes and re-started.



Metars:
KDFW 161653Z 11006KT 10SM BKN008 OVC019 16/14 A2983 RMK AO2 RAB1555E42 SLP097 P0001 T01560139=
KDFW 161553Z 09004KT 6SM BR BKN006 OVC020 14/13 A2985 RMK AO2 RAE53 SLP104 P0003 T01440133=
KDFW 161529Z 09004KT 6SM -RA BR BKN006 OVC021 14/13 A2985 RMK AO2 P0003 T01440133=
KDFW 161504Z 08005KT 3SM -RA BR BKN004 BKN026 OVC038 14/14 A2984 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 6 LTG DSNT SE AND SW P0001 T01440139=
KDFW 161453Z 08007KT 3SM -RA BR SCT003 BKN028 OVC055 14/13 A2983 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 5 LTG DSNT SE AND S TSE34 SLP097 TS MOVD SE CB DSNT E-S MOV SE P0036 60064 T01440133 53009=
KDFW 161434Z 08005KT 3SM -RA BR FEW003 FEW015 BKN060 OVC130 14/13 A2982 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 4 LTG DSNT E-S TSE34 TS MOVD SE CB DSNT E-S MOV SE P0036 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161424Z 09004KT 2SM TSRA BR FEW005 FEW015CB SCT040 OVC130 14/13 A2983 RMK AO2 SFC VIS 2 1/2 LTG DSNT E-S OCNL LTGIC NE-E-S TS NE-E-S MOV SE P0034 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161406Z 08005KT 2SM R17C/3500VP6000FT TSRA BR SCT005 SCT015CB BKN029 OVC130 14/13 A2983 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT ALQDS OCNL LTGIC NE-E-S TS NE-E-S MOV SE P0027 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161402Z 07004KT 1SM R17C/3500VP6000FT +TSRA BR BKN005 BKN015CB OVC023 14/13 A2984 RMK AO2 TWR VIS 2 LTG DSNT ALQDS OCNL LTGIC NE-E-S TS NE-E-S MOV SE P0025 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161353Z 09009G26KT 1/2SM R17C/2600VP6000FT +TSRA BR BKN005 BKN010CB OVC025 14/13 A2982 RMK AO2 PK WND 31026/1346 TWR VIS 2 LTG DSNT ALQDS SLP093 WSHFT 42 OCNL LTGIC ALQDS RAE05B37 TSB39 TS ALQDS MOV SE P0028 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161343Z 34012G19KT 1 1/2SM R17C/6000VP6000FT +TSRA BR BKN005 BKN010CB OVC025 14/13 A2984 RMK AO2 TWR VIS 2 LTG DSNT ALQDS PRESRR OCNL LTGIC W-NW RAE05B37 TSB39 TS W-NW MOV SE P0001 T01390133 $=
KDFW 161340Z VRB06KT 6SM -TSRA BR BKN005 BKN010CB OVC025 14/13 A2981 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT ALQDS PRESRR OCNL LTGIC W-NW RAE05B37 TSB39 TS W-NW MOV SE P0001 T01390133=
KDFW 161330Z 12010KT 5SM VCTS BR OVC005 14/13 A2977 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT W-N RAE05 TSE30 P0001 T01390133=
KDFW 161253Z 11009KT 4SM -RA BR OVC004 14/13 A2977 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S AND NW RAB26 SLP078 P0000 T01390133=
KDFW 161233Z 13010KT 5SM -RA BR OVC004 14/13 A2979 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE-SW RAB26 P0000 T01390133=
KDFW 161211Z 13010KT 6SM BR OVC005 14/13 A2980 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE-W T01390133=
KDFW 161153Z 13010KT 7SM OVC004 14/13 A2980 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT E-S RAB07E37B42E49 TSE1058B05E37 SLP088 OCNL LTGIC DSNT E-SW TS MOVD E CB DSNT E-SW MOV E P0014 60016 70071 T01390133 10144 20139 56=
KDFW 161137Z 14008KT 6SM BR OVC004 14/13 A2981 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT E-SW RAB07E37 TSE1058B05E37 OCNL LTGIC DSNT E-SW TS MOVD E CB DSNT E-SW MOV E P0014 T01390133=
KDFW 161125Z 13008KT 6SM -TSRA BR OVC004CB 14/13 A2979 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE AND SW RAB07 TSE1058B05 OCNL LTGIC E TS E MOV E P0014 T01390133=
KDFW 161117Z 13004KT 2SM +TSRA BR OVC004CB 14/13 A2981 RMK AO2 RAB07 TSE1058B05 OCNL LTGIC OHD TS OHD MOV E P0013 T01390133=
KDFW 161107Z 13007KT 6SM -TSRA BR OVC004CB 14/13 A2982 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW RAB07 TSE1058B05 OCNL LTGIC SW-NW TS SW-NW MOV E P0000 T01390133=
KDFW 161057Z 12006KT 6SM BR OVC004 14/13 A2982 RMK AO2 T01390133=
KDFW 161053Z 12008KT 6SM BR OVC005 14/13 A2981 RMK AO2 SLP092 T01390133=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 16, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AA-665

Aircraft Registration
N540UW

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

Airport ICAO Code
KDFW

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