Privilege Style B752 at Palma Mallorca and Ibiza on Sep 4th 2015, landed below final fuel reserve

Last Update: November 16, 2017 / 15:41:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 4, 2015


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator

A Privilege Style Boeing 757-200 on behalf of, registration EC-ISY performing flight LS-58 from Manchester,EN (UK) to Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) with 208 passengers and 8 crew, was descending towards Palma Mallorca when the crew needed to take a number of deviations around cloud while positioning for an ILS approach to runway 06L. On short final, descending through 500 feet AGL at 08:36Z and in visual contact with the runway, the aircraft encountered windshear, approximately 40 knots gain of airspeed, prompting the crew to go around. The aircraft climbed back to 6000 feet and positioned for a second approach to runway 06L. While on downwind and descending through 5200 feet the crew aborted the second approach about 10 minutes after aborting the first approach, climbed to FL100 and diverted to Menorca,SP (Spain). Enroute to Menorca while deviating around weather the crew was informed that there were go arounds in Menorca, too, the crew thus decided to turn around and divert to Ibiza,SP (Spain), declared Mayday due to low fuel and was cleared direct to the approach fix at Ibiza for an ILS approach to runway 24, was cleared for the approach about 29 minutes after the go around and landed without further incident on runway 24 touching down 37 minutes after the go-around with less than the final fuel reserve remaining.

On Oct 7th 2015 Spain's CIAIAC reported they opened an investigation into the occurrence stating that storms with the occurrence of hail were battering the Balearic Islands that morning causing numerous go-arounds at Palma Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, 10 aircraft to Palma Mallorca diverted to other airports that morning. The CIAIAC reported there were four frustrated approaches to Palma Mallorca (editorial note: not supported by radar data and time line).

On Nov 16th 2017 the CIAIAC released their final report in Spanish concluding the probable causes of the incident were:

The incident occurred by landing the aircraft with an amount of fuel on board lower than the final reserve set out in the operational flight plan. As a result of the deterioration of the meteorological conditions the flight was significantly longer than scheduled and the diversions were not carried out in conditions as forecast.

The CIAIAC reported that the operational flight plan (OFP) had listed Menorca as well as Ibiza as alternate aerodromes. Given the weather forecasts the crew decided to uplift 1500 kg more fuel than computed on the OFP. The CIAIAC analysed that the OFP anticipated complex meteorologic conditions, the severity of which however could not be anticipated from the information available prior to departure nor enroute when updates were provided to the crew via ACARS.

At the time of arrival at Palma Mallorca the complex weather situation had already caused a number of go arounds. Menorca however was experiencing the same weather conditions and it was therefore not adviseable to divert to Menorca with the most active cells moving there.

The CIAIAC commended ATC for providing the recommendation to the crew: "Menorca is wrong, the storms are moving there too, storms are moving east hence Ibiza appear most feasable" which prompted the crew to change plans and divert to Ibiza. However, at this time the aircraft had already flown considerable distance towards Menorca and cut into the fuel reserve planned for a diversion from Palma Mallorca to Ibiza (directly). As result the aircraft landed with less than the final fuel reserve remaining. The OFP had estimated a flying time of 2:36 hours including the diversion to Ibiza, the aircraft however landed in Ibiza 3:03 hours after departure with 1093kg of fuel remaining, while the required final fuel reserve was 1,697kg.

No safety recommendations were issued as result of the investigation.

Metars Palma Mallorca:
LEPA 041000Z 07008KT 9999 FEW002 FEW020CB SCT060 20/19 Q1013 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R BECMG 4000 TSRA=
LEPA 040930Z 08009KT 050V110 9999 FEW002 SCT016 SCT020CB 19/17 Q1014 RETSRA WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R TEMPO 4000 TSRA=
LEPA 040911Z 07016G30KT 030V110 7000 3000N R24L/1100U TSRA FEW007 BKN020CB 18/18 Q1014 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R BECMG NSW=
COR LEPA 040900Z 03025G44KT 350V080 2000 0500N R24L/1100N R06L/1100U R06R/1100U TSRA FEW005 BKN020CB 18/17 Q1015 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R BECMG 7000 TSRA=
COR LEPA 040849Z 01026G42KT 340V050 0300 R24L/1800D R06L/0750D R06R/1800D TSGR BKN020CB 19/18 Q1014 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R BECMG 7000 TSRA=
LEPA 040847Z 02023G33KT 350V050 0300 R24L/P2000 R06L/0800D R06R/1900N TSGR BKN020CB 20/19 Q1013 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R NOSIG=
LEPA 040846Z 02023KT 0300 R24L/P2000 R06L/0800D R06R/P2000 TSGR BKN020CB 20/19 Q1013 WS R06L WS R06R WS R24L WS R24R NOSIG=
LEPA 040830Z 06021KT 9999 FEW012 SCT020CB BKN050 24/19 Q1011 TEMPO 4000 TSRA=
LEPA 040800Z 05019KT 9999 FEW018 FEW020CB SCT050 25/20 Q1012 TEMPO 4000 TSRA=
COR LEPA 040730Z 05013KT 9999 FEW020CB BKN045 25/21 Q1013 NOSIG=
LEPA 040700Z 05011KT 9999 FEW018 SCT045 24/21 Q1013 NOSIG=
LEPA 040630Z 06008KT 9999 FEW020 SCT050 24/21 Q1012 NOSIG=
LEPA 040600Z 06008KT 020V080 9999 FEW020 23/21 Q1012 NOSIG=
LEPA 040530Z 06009KT 9999 FEW016 22/20 Q1012 NOSIG=
LEPA 040500Z 06009KT 020V090 9999 FEW018 FEW025CB 22/19 Q1012 NOSIG=

Metars Menorca:
LEMH 041000Z 04008KT 010V080 7000 TSRA SCT020 SCT040CB 21/19 Q1015=
LEMH 040930Z 04018KT 7000 TSRA BKN020 SCT030CB 21/20 Q1012=
LEMH 040912Z 04015KT 4000 TSRA BKN020 SCT030CB 21/20 Q1013=
COR LEMH 040900Z 05016KT 020V080 9999 -RA TS BKN020 SCT030CB 23/19 Q1013=
LEMH 040847Z 04017KT 9999 -RA VCTS BKN020 FEW030CB 23/19 Q1013=
LEMH 040830Z 05015KT 9999 FEW015 SCT020 25/20 Q1013=
COR LEMH 040800Z 06012KT 9999 FEW015 SCT020 24/19 Q1014=
LEMH 040730Z 06013KT 9999 FEW018 SCT022 24/20 Q1014=
LEMH 040700Z 06012KT 9999 FEW016 SCT020 23/19 Q1013=
LEMH 040630Z 04014KT 9999 FEW016 SCT020 23/19 Q1013=
LEMH 040600Z 05012KT 9999 FEW016 SCT020 22/20 Q1013=
LEMH 040530Z 04011KT 9999 FEW016 SCT020 FEW022TCU 23/20 Q1013=
COR LEMH 040500Z 04011KT 9999 FEW015 SCT020 FEW022TCU 23/20 Q1013=

Metars Ibiza:
LEIB 041000Z 03005KT 9999 SCT015 FEW020TCU 26/21 Q1013 NOSIG=
LEIB 040930Z 21004KT 9999 SCT015 FEW020TCU 26/21 Q1013 NOSIG=
COR LEIB 040900Z 23006KT 9999 SCT015 FEW020TCU 28/22 Q1012 NOSIG=
LEIB 040830Z 25006KT 9999 SCT015 27/22 Q1012 NOSIG=
LEIB 040800Z 24004KT 9999 SCT015 BKN022 26/22 Q1012 TEMPO FEW025CB=
LEIB 040730Z 23004KT 9999 SCT015 BKN022 26/22 Q1012 TEMPO FEW025CB=
LEIB 040700Z 23003KT 9999 SCT015 BKN022 25/22 Q1012 TEMPO FEW025CB=
LEIB 040630Z VRB01KT 9999 SCT017 BKN025 25/22 Q1012 TEMPO FEW025CB=
LEIB 040600Z 09004KT 9999 SCT017 BKN025 25/22 Q1011 TEMPO FEW025CB=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 4, 2015


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator

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