Corendon Dutch B738 near Athens on Jul 8th 2022, sluggish aircraft control

Last Update: July 11, 2023 / 16:19:25 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 9, 2022

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CD-512

Aircraft Registration
PH-CDF

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Corendon Dutch Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration PH-CDF performing flight CD-512 from Heraklion (Greece) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was climbing out of Heraklion when the crew stopped the climb at FL180 due to the aircraft responding more slowly to the control inputs than usual. The crew decided to divert to Athens for a safe landing on runway 03L about 35 minutes after departure.

On Nov 17th 2022 Greece's Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board (AAIASB) reported the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Athens for about 54 hours, then positioned to Amsterdam and returned to service another 10 hours after landing there.

On Jul 11th 2023 the Dutch Onderzoeksraad (DSB) reported in a brief interim report, they are investigating the occurrence. The DSB wrote:

The incident occurred on June 8, 2022 within the local air traffic control area of ​​Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis on the island of Crete, Greece. The aircraft had just taken off for the return flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The process update is given because the investigation takes longer than a year.

Immediately after leaving the runway, abnormal steering corrections were necessary to keep the aircraft level (wings level). It was unclear what caused the control problems. The flight crew decided to divert to Athens, Greece. The approach and landing were without any significant problems. An initial inspection revealed that an aileron cable had broken.

The study is currently in the analysis phase . The final report will be published in due course.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
PH-CDF
Country of Registration
Netherlands
Date of Registration
Airworthyness Category
Legal Basis
Manufacturer
The Boeing Company
Aircraft Model / Type
737-800
ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Engine Type
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 9, 2022

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CD-512

Aircraft Registration
PH-CDF

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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