Air France A320 at Bordeaux on Aug 2nd 2013, aircraft in hailstorm on approach pitches up to 25 degrees nose up, alpha floor protection

Last Update: August 13, 2013 / 18:59:52 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-6270

Destination
Bordeaux, France

Aircraft Registration
F-HBNI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Air France Airbus A320-200, registration F-HBNI performing flight AF-6270 from Paris Orly to Bordeaux (France), was on approach to Bordeaux's runway 29 at 3000 feet when the aircraft encountered hail causing the first officer's windshield to crack. The aircraft continued the approach, while descending through 2800 feet on autopilot the aircraft pitched up to 25 degrees nose up and alpha floor protection and TOGA LOCK activated at 20:45L (18:45Z), the aircraft climbed to about 4400 feet. The crew managed to regain control of the aircraft and landed the aircraft safely on runway 29 about 7 minutes later.

The French BEA reported the aircraft entered a hailstorm on approach to Bordeaux while at 3000 feet causing the first officer's windshield to crack. Subsequently, while descending through 2800 feet, the aircraft, still on autopilot, pitched up to 25 degrees nose up, Alpha Floor and TOGA LOCK activated. The crew managed to continue for a safe landing at Bordeaux. The BEA have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated a serious incident.

Metars:
LFBD 022000Z AUTO 32009G19KT 260V010 9999 VCTS FEW010/// BKN056/// BKN078/// //////CB 21/18 Q1016=
LFBD 021930Z AUTO 30006KT 270V350 9999 FEW047/// OVC054/// //////CB 21/17 Q1015=
LFBD 021900Z AUTO 32011KT 9999 -RA VCTS FEW029/// BKN050/// BKN096/// //////CB 22/18 Q1014=
LFBD 021830Z AUTO 29012KT 2400 +TSRA BR BKN046/// BKN066/// BKN096/// //////CB 23/18 Q1014=
LFBD 021800Z AUTO 32011KT 300V010 9999 FEW043/// SCT170/// //////CB 27/17 Q1013=
LFBD 021730Z AUTO 35010KT 320V020 9999 NSC 28/18 Q1013=
LFBD 021700Z AUTO 36010KT 9999 NSC 28/18 Q1013=
LFBD 021630Z AUTO 36012KT 9999 NSC 29/18 Q1013=
LFBD 021600Z AUTO 35011KT 320V020 9999 NSC 30/18 Q1012=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-6270

Destination
Bordeaux, France

Aircraft Registration
F-HBNI

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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