Austrian A320 at Vienna on Jun 9th 2024, hail strike

Last Update: June 15, 2024 / 17:51:16 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 9, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-434

Destination
Vienna, Austria

Aircraft Registration
OE-LBM

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration OE-LBM performing flight OS-434 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Vienna (Austria) with 173 passengers and 6 crew, was descending through about FL200 about 60nm southsouthwest of Vienna when the aircraft encountered hail. The crew continued for a safe landing on Vienna's runway 11 about 20 minutes later.

Austria's Unwetterzentrale (UWZ) reported the aircraft had a "date" with a thunderstorm cell over Hartberg, Styria, in about 6000 meters of altitude. After a "blind flight" the aircraft landed safely.

The airline reported the aircraft entered a thunderstorm cell that was not visible on the weather radar. Both windshields, the nose/radome as well as several panels were damaged. The crew declared Mayday and continued for a safe landing. All on board remained uninjured.

On Jun 15th 2024 Austria's Sicherheitsuntersuchungsstelle (SUB) opened an investigation into the occurrence.

Austrocontrol (ATC Provider and Regulator, acting as Civil Aviation Authority) reported the thunderstorm cell was known and aircraft had been informed about.

The airline reported the crew had been suspended for 7 days. The thunderstorm was not visible on the weather radar, however, Austrocontrol had warned about thunderstorm activity with hail in the area.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 9, 2024

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-434

Destination
Vienna, Austria

Aircraft Registration
OE-LBM

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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