Air Canada A333 near Zurich on Aug 21st 2013, technical urgency with bleed air system

Last Update: August 25, 2013 / 14:54:09 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 21, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-2079

Destination
Toronto, Canada

Aircraft Registration
C-GFUR

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

An Air Canada Airbus A330-300, registration C-GFUR performing flight AC-2079 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 275 passengers, was in the initial climb out of Zurich when the crew advised upon contacting departure that they were working checklists and requested to stay low initially. A few minutes later the crew requested to continue enroute. About 80nm west of Zurich in French Airspace the crew stopped the climb at FL270, declared PAN and returned to Zurich reporting a "technical urgency" on board with one of the bleed air systems (engine Trent 772) and requesting runway 16 with emergency services on standby, they would stop on the runway for an inspection of the brakes before continuing to stand. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Zurich's runway 16 about 45 minutes after departure, the brakes were checked and the aircraft proceeded to the gate.

The aircraft had returned to Zurich the previous day due to a right hand bleed air problem, too, see Incident: Air Canada A333 near Paris on Aug 20th 2013, problems with cabin pressurization system.

A passenger reported that after spending the night in a hotel provided by the airline they were told, the aircraft had been repaired, no replacement aircraft was necessary. After departure the pilot again told them that they needed to return to Zurich for an emergency landing. Another aircraft finally succeeded to get them to Toronto on the third departure from Zurich.

A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration C-GFAJ reached Toronto as flight AC-2077 with a delay of 49.5 hours.

The incident aircraft was able to resume service on Aug 23rd.
Aircraft Registration Data
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C-GFUR
Country of Registration
Canada
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
Airbus
Aircraft Model / Type
A330-343
ICAO Aircraft Type
A333
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine Type
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 21, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-2079

Destination
Toronto, Canada

Aircraft Registration
C-GFUR

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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