Airbus A330 Emergency Descent

On 22 December 2010, an Airbus A330-300 inbound to Helsinki (Finland)and cruising in very cold air at an altitude of 11,600 metres lost cabin pressurisation in cruise flight and completed an emergency descent before continuing the originally intended flight at a lower level. The subsequent Investigation was carried out together with that into a similar…… Continue Reading →

Airbus A330 CFIT on Landing

The aircraft crashed about 1,200 meters short of the landing runway, outside the airport perimeter. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact and post-crash fire. The final report stated that the accident resulted from the pilots’ lack of a common action plan during the approach, the final approach being continued below the Minimum Decision Altitude…… Continue Reading →

Airbus A330 NWA Blocked Pitots

The A330 was cruising at 39,000 feet on autopilot near Kagoshima, Japan, when it encountered intense rain and both the captain's and co-pilot's airspeed indicators immediately showed a huge rollback in the plane's forward velocity. With autopilot and automatic-throttle controls disengaged, the cockpit was filled with beeps and bright warning signals indicating various system problems.…… Continue Reading →

Airbus A330 TAM Blocked Pitots

The Airbus A330 which was flying from Miami, USA to Sao Paulo, Brazil, experienced a loss of primary speed and altitude information while in cruise flight. Initial reports indicated that the Flight crew noted an abrupt drop in indicated outside air temperature, followed by the loss of the Air Data Reference System and disconnections of…… Continue Reading →