Red Wings T204 at Moscow on Jan 29th 2013, thrust reverser did not correctly open on landing

Last Update: February 1, 2013 / 18:04:18 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 29, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Red Wings

Flight number
WZ-112

Aircraft Registration
RA-64043

Aircraft Type
TUPOLEV Tu-214

ICAO Type Designator
T204

A Red Wings Tupolev TU-204, registration RA-64043 performing flight WZ-112 from Chelyabinsk to Moscow Vnukovo (Russia) with 91 passengers and 7 crew, landed on Vnukovo Airport's runway 19 at 06:30L (02:30Z). During roll out the crew brought the thrust levers into minimum reverse, the right hand thrust reverser however did not fully slide into the open position. The crew did not apply higher reverse thrust settings on the right hand engine and slowed the aircraft safely.

Rosaviatsia reported the right hand thrust reverser did not slide into the full open position after minimum reverse was selected, the crew therefore did not apply higher reverse thrust settings on the right hand engine and completed a safe roll out. It is not yet known what caused the thrust reverser to not fully slide into the open position.

The incident aircraft remained on the ground for 16 hours before resuming service.

Following a serious accident as a result of runway 19 overrun at Vnukovo Airport as well as two other runway overruns, see Accident: Red Wings T204 at Moscow on Dec 29th 2012, overran runway on landing, Incident: Red Wings T204 at Novosibirsk on Dec 20th 2012, runway excursion on landing and Incident: Red Wings T204 at Ekaterinburg on Nov 5th 2012, overran runway on landing Rosaviatsia had released airworthiness directives starting December 31st 2012 to work around and fix the possibility, that the thrust reversers might not fully open after reverse thrust being commanded and it might be possible to apply maximum reverse thrust despite the thrust reversers not in their opened position and thus engines developing forward thrust, demanding changes to the aircraft operation manual and maintenance checks of the aircraft to ensure proper operation of the thrust reversers and the thrust lever interlocks.

On Feb 1st 2013 Rosaviatsia reported that the incident was caused by the crew failing to include the right hand thrust lever into their landing actions and announced that the air operator's certificate of Red Wings is being suspended effective Feb 4th 2013. The decision was made after an unscheduled examination of the airline's flight operations and maintenance activities between Jan 10th and 16th found "numerous significant violations in the organisation of flight operations, aircraft maintenance, pilot training and other systemic shortcomings, evidenced by the incident on Jan 29th 2013. In addition Rosaviatsia reasoned that Red Wings lack the financial resources to provide ongoing operations and thus does not allow to maintain a proper level of safety.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
RA-64043
Country of Registration
Russia
Date of Registration
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Certification Basis
Manufacturer
Aircraft Model / Type
Tu-204-100V
ICAO Aircraft Type
T204
Serial Number
Engine Count
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 29, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Red Wings

Flight number
WZ-112

Aircraft Registration
RA-64043

Aircraft Type
TUPOLEV Tu-214

ICAO Type Designator
T204

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