France A319 near Geneva on Nov 7th 2016, bleed air leak

Last Update: November 24, 2016 / 15:28:17 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 7, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Aircraft Registration
F-GRHS

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GRHS performing ferry flight AF-380V from Bologna (Italy) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 2 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 70nm east of Geneva (Switzerland) when the crew initiated a rapid descent due to a bleed air leak with the right hand engine (CFM56) and a rise of the cabin altitude. The crew diverted the aircraft to Geneva for a safe landing on runway 23 about 20 minutes later.

Switzerland's SUST reported on Nov 24th 2016, that the aircraft had been dispatched for a ferry flight with just two crew on board due to a pressure control valve on the left hand engine being inoperative. In flight a bleed air leak on the right hand engine was detected prompting the crew to divert to Geneva. An investigation has been opened by SUST.

The occurrence aircraft had performed flight AF-1304 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Rome Fiumicino (Italy) the day before, aborted the approach to Rome at FL090 due to weather conditions (see METARs below) and subsequently diverted to Bologna landing in Bologna about one hour after stopping the descent towards Rome at FL090.

METARs Rome:
LIRF 061820Z 25018G29KT 8000 SCT020 19/15 Q1002 NOSIG
LIRF 061720Z 23016KT 200V260 8000 -TSRA FEW015CB 19/16 Q1002 RERA NOSIG
LIRF 061650Z 24019KT 8000 3000S -TSRA FEW015CB 19/16 Q1001 RERA NOSIG
LIRF 061620Z 24021G33KT 4000 1200S R16L/P1500N R16R/P1500N R25/1400VP1500N TSRA SCT015CB 16/16 Q1000 NOSIG
LIRF 061550Z 17017G27KT 8000 VCTS FEW015CB SCT050 21/18 Q1000 TEMPO 4000 TSRA BKN014CB
LIRF 061520Z 16011KT 9000 FEW050 21/18 Q1000 TEMPO 4000 TSRA BKN014CB
LIRF 061450Z 16010KT 9999 FEW020 SCT050 20/17 Q1002 NOSIG
LIRF 061420Z 18011KT 9999 -RA FEW050 21/15 Q1002 NOSIG
LIRF 061350Z 18009KT 9999 FEW040 21/15 Q1002 NOSIG
LIRF 061320Z 17008KT 9000 FEW040 21/16 Q1002 NOSIG
LIRF 061250Z 18009KT 140V220 9000 FEW040 21/17 Q1003 NOSIG
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 7, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Aircraft Registration
F-GRHS

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

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