Monday 21 June 2021

Condor flight delayed after rejected takeoff

CONDOR B767-3Q8 D-ABUO (MSN 29387)    File Photo

On the 18th June, the crew of a Condor Airbus A320 performed a rejected takeoff at high speed due to issues with airspeed instruments disagreeing with each other. The flight, DE1606, which would have taken travelers from Munich (MUC/EDDM) to Mykonos (JMK/LGMK), was delayed by four hours. Flight DE1606 was looking to depart at its scheduled time, just after 06:10 in the morning, however, as the Airbus A320-200 headed down the runway for takeoff, the crew noticed that airspeed indications were disagreeing with each other. Making the quick decision not to continue the flight, the crew rejected the takeoff. According to The Aviation Herald, this was performed at high speed, estimated to be about 100 knots (185km/h or 115mph). As the aircraft was on Munich’s runway 08L, the small jet slowed safely to leave the runway using high-speed exit A5. Located roughly 1,300 meters (4,350 feet) down runway 08L, this was the first exit available to the aircraft. Exits A8, A10, and A12 located further down would also have been options. Considering how early the original flight was, with the additional time needed to get to the airport, you can imagine the aircraft’s passengers would have been extra irritated with the inconvenience. Working hard to get the flight’s passengers on their way, Condor repositioned an Airbus A321-200 from Frankfurt/Main. With the repositioning flight itself taking an hour, the total ordeal saw the flight to Mykonos delayed by about four hours. At least the passengers would have had extra space in the larger A321. Condor’s A321s are configured with 210 or 220 seats, meaning 30 to 40 additional seats would have been empty, assuming no additional passengers were taken. The Airbus A320-200 involved in the incident registered D-AICE spent nearly two days on the ground before returning to the air.

Aircraft Information
Airline: Condor 
Code: DE/CFG
Aircraft: A320-212
Registration: D-AICE
Serial Number: 0894
First Flew: Sept 1998

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