Brussels A332 at Brussels on Apr 30th 2017, dropped fairing on departure

Last Update: May 12, 2017 / 17:26:11 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SN-241

Aircraft Registration
OO-SFU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200, registration OO-SFU performing flight SN-241 from Brussels (Belgium) to Freetown (Sierra Leone), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 07R when a ground witness phoned police having observed a part falling off a departing aircraft. Police recovered what was subsequently identified a fairing wing to fuselage. ATC informed Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airlines informed ATC after the aircraft landed in Freetown, that the aircraft had arrived without the fairing at the wing root.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Freetown for 48 hours, then continued the journey and service.

Belgium's Accident Investigation Board rated the occurrence a serious incident and is investiating the occurrence.

On May 12th 2017 the airline reported: "We can confirm that, during the 'walkaround' of the aircraft after landing in Freetown, our pilot saw that a small part of a fairing panel -(this is a non structural composite material part that just serves as a cover - was missing. In line with rules and procedures a report was filed and the BCAA launched an investigation." The aircraft was already one hour enroute when the witness reported the observation. According to information the airline received the missing fairing has been, other than reported, not been found and Belgian CAA rated the occurrence a "minor incident".
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
SN-241

Aircraft Registration
OO-SFU

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

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