Edelweiss A343 at Phuket on Mar 2nd 2023, dropped slat panel

Last Update: March 4, 2023 / 20:54:28 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 2, 2023

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WK-50

Destination
Phuket, Thailand

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

An Edelweiss Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMD performing flight WK-50 )(dep Mar 1st) from Zurich (Switzerland) to Phuket (Thailand), performed a seemingly uneventful flight and concluded the flight with a safe landing on Phuket's runway 09 about 10.5 hours after departure from Zurich.

A post flight inspection revealed however, that a right hand slat access panel had separated in flight causing damage to the barrel cowl and tail cone of the right hand engine. The engine cowl and tail cone needs to be replaced, a slat access panel is being sent to Phuket, too.

According to information The Aviation Herald received the aircraft had just gone through an A-Check remaining on the ground for about 20 hours prior to departure. Preliminary investigation suggests screws were missing from the panel.

The airline reported as result of damaged parts of the casing the aircraft could not operate the return flight WK-51. 307 passengers were inconvenienced in Phuket. A replacement aircraft is going to position to Phuket in the evening of Mar 4th and bring the passengers to Zurich on Sunday (Mar 5th).
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
HB-JMD
Country of Registration
Switzerland
Date of Registration
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Certification Basis
Airworthyness Category
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Legal Basis
TCDS Ident. No.
Manufacturer
AIRBUS S.A.S.
Aircraft Model / Type
A340-313
ICAO Aircraft Type
A343
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Max. Operational Passenger Seating Capacity (MOPSC), indicative
Minimum Crew
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
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Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 2, 2023

Classification
Accident

Flight number
WK-50

Destination
Phuket, Thailand

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

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