Lufthansa A388 at San Francisco on Dec 20th 2012, overspeed due to mountain wave

Last Update: December 27, 2012 / 20:47:42 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-454

Aircraft Registration
D-AIMI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMI performing flight LH-454 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to San Francisco,CA (USA), crossed the Rocky Mountains about 150nm northnorthwest of San Francisco, turned straight south at 13:03L (21:03Z) towards the Pacific about 30nm west of San Francisco before turning northeast to position for an approach and landing on San Francisco's runway 19L. The crew maintained routine communication throughout approach and landing. The aircraft landed safely on runway 19L at 13:42L (21:42Z) and taxied to the gate.

Following landing the crew reported the aircraft had encountered an overspeed event during the approach as result of mountain waves. The aircraft remained on the ground in San Francisco for 51 hours and departed San Francisco as ferry flight LH-9877 to Frankfurt. The aircraft resumed service on Dec 24th about 87 hours after landing in San Francisco.

The return flight LH-455/20 was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.




Metars:
KSFO 210056Z 19019G28KT 10SM FEW065 SCT085 BKN180 13/03 A3002 RMK AO2 PK WND 18034/0034 SLP164 T01330033
KSFO 202356Z 18024G28KT 10SM FEW065 SCT080 SCT180 14/04 A3002 RMK AO2 PK WND 20030/2258 SLP164 T01440039 10156 20106 56015
KSFO 202256Z 19020G31KT 10SM SCT065 BKN080 BKN180 15/03 A3002 RMK AO2 PK WND 19031/2252 SLP166 T01500033
KSFO 202156Z 18021G26KT 10SM SCT065 BKN180 16/04 A3003 RMK AO2 PK WND 18026/2154 SLP170 T01560039
KSFO 202056Z 16016G24KT 10SM FEW050 SCT180 15/04 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP179 T01500039 58037
KSFO 201956Z 16013G20KT 10SM FEW050 BKN180 14/03 A3009 RMK AO2 PK WND 17026/1942 SLP190 T01440033
KSFO 201856Z 13012KT 10SM FEW050 SCT180 12/02 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP206 T01220022
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 20, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-454

Aircraft Registration
D-AIMI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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