Bulgaria A320 at Sofia on May 22nd 2021, engine shut down in flight

Last Update: July 29, 2021 / 15:29:11 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 22, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
FB-8509

Aircraft Registration
LZ-FBC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A Bulgaria Air Airbus A320-200, registration LZ-FBC performing flight FB-8509 from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) with 137 people on board, was climbing out of Sofia's runway 09 when the crew declared PAN PAN and stopped the climb at FL230 reporting an engine (CFM56) failure. The crew shut the engine down, advised they did not need any assistance on the ground and returned to Sofia for a safe landing on runway 27 about 35 minutes after departure.

Passengers reported there was a strong smell of kerosene during takeoff, later the captain announced there was a small technical problem (one engine had failed) and they were returning to Sofia.

A replacement A320-200 registration LZ-FBD reached Egypt with a delay of about 3:40 hours.

On Jul 29th 2021 Germany's BFU reported they have joined the investigation into the serious incident by a foreign investigation authority because a component had been designed/produced in Germany. Shortly after takeoff the left hand engine failed, the aircraft returned to the point of departure.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 22, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
FB-8509

Aircraft Registration
LZ-FBC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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