Air France A319 near Minsk on Dec 9th 2012, cabin pressurization problems

Last Update: December 9, 2012 / 16:35:35 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 9, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-1644

Aircraft Registration
F-GRXC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GRXC performing flight AF-1644 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 90 passengers, was enroute at FL390 about 80nm northwest of Minsk (Belarus) when the crew descended the aircraft to FL100 reporting problems with the cabin pressure, reaching FL100 about 13 minutes after leaving FL390 (average rate of descent 2000 fpm) and diverted to Minsk for a safe landing about 30 minutes after leaving FL390 at 12:12L (09:12Z).

The airline stated on their website that the flight diverted to Minsk due to weather disturbances. The flight is now estimated to arrive in Moscow at 22:20L (18:20Z).

Flight AF-1944, departing Paris two hours after AF-1644, landed in Moscow at 16:04L (12:04Z).

Flight AF-2244 from Paris to Moscow Sheremetyevo, currently diverts to Minsk, according to the airline due to an "adaption needed to conduct the program of our flights". The flight is estimated to reach Moscow at 22:20L with the passengers of flight AF-1644 on board and a delay of about 3 hours for passengers of flight 2244 and a delay of 8.5 hours for passengers of flight 1644.

Metars of Sheremetyevo at the time of estimated arrival of 13:55L (09:55Z):
UUEE 091100Z 23005MPS 9999 OVC015 M04/M07 Q1026 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 091030Z 24004MPS 9999 OVC014 M04/M06 Q1026 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 091000Z 23005MPS 9999 OVC014 M04/M06 Q1026 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 090930Z 25005MPS 9999 -SN BKN016 BKN200 M04/M06 Q1026 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 090900Z 24005MPS 9999 -SN BKN025 BKN200 M04/M06 Q1025 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 090830Z 23005MPS 9999 -SN OVC017 M03/M05 Q1025 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
UUEE 090800Z 23004MPS 9999 OVC032 M03/M05 Q1025 NOSIG RMK 25520340 75520340
UUEE 090730Z 21003MPS 9999 OVC032 M03/M05 Q1025 NOSIG RMK 25520340 75520340
UUEE 090700Z 24004MPS 5000 -SN BR OVC015 M03/M05 Q1024 NOSIG RMK 75520340 25520340
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 9, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-1644

Aircraft Registration
F-GRXC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

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