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Airbus A330 Inflight Upset

On 7 October 2008, an Airbus A330 aircraft, departed Singapore on a scheduled passenger transport service to Perth, Australia. While the aircraft was cruising at 37,000 ft, the autopilot disconnected with various aircraft system failure indications. While the crew was evaluating the situation, the aircraft abruptly pitched about 8.4 degrees nose-down, and descended 650 ft during the event. After returning the aircraft to 37,000 ft, the flight crew commenced actions to deal with multiple failure messages before the aircraft commenced a second uncommanded pitch-down event of about 3.5 degrees nose-down. As there were several serious injuries, the flight crew declared a MAYDAY and landed 20 minutes later.

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