On September 1st, 2013, an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95, registration RA-89005 performing flight SU-2004 from Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) to Krakow (Poland) with 74 people on board, was on approach to Krakow when the crew received indication of a slats malfunction, stopped the descent at 4000 feet, worked the relevant checklists and decided to divert to Warsaw (Poland) for a flaps up landing. The aircraft climbed to FL100 for the diversion and landed safely on Warsaw’s runway 33 at a higher than normal speed about 75 minutes after aborting the approach to Krakow.
On September 18, 2013, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DAK performing flight FR-2037 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Dortmund (Germany), was on approach to Dortmund’s runway 24 when the aircraft was struck by lightning. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 24. The return flight FR-2038 needed to be postponed to the next day. A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration EI-ENT reached Mallorca with a delay of 11 hours.
On September 14, 2013, an Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZIZ performing flight U2-5232 from Pisa (Italy) to London Gatwick,EN (UK), was in the initial climb out of Pisa’s runway 04R when the crew reported a bird strike into an engine (CFM56). The crew stopped the climb at 3000 feet and returned to Pisa for a safe landing on runway 04R about 35 minutes after departure. The airport was closed for about one hour due to the emergency.
On September 11, 2013 an Air Berlin Airbus A321-200, registration D-ABCF performing flight AB-9152 from Berlin Tegel (Germany) to Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) with 140 passengers, was enroute at FL350 about 50nm north of Nuremberg (Germany) when the crew decided to divert to Nuremberg due to an unusual, unidentifyable smell near the lavatory. The aircraft landed safely, however two cabin crew members were taken to a hospital, where they were diagnosed with smoke inhalation.
On September 3rd, 2013, a Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-JECR performing flight BE-806 from London Gatwick,EN to Newquay,EN (UK) with 44 people on board, was enroute when passengers alerted the crew of seeing fluid exiting an engine. The aircraft continued to Newquay for a safe landing with emergency services on stand by. The aircraft vacated the runway and stopped on the taxiway, the passengers disembarked onto the taxiway and were bussed to the terminal.
On August 20, 2013, Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EMI performing flight FR-1228 from Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia,CI (Spain) to Billund (Denmark) with 177 passengers, was climbing out of Tenerife’s runway 08 when the crew stopped the climb at FL070 reporting engine trouble, descended the aircraft to 4000 feet to burn off fuel and returned to Tenerife for a safe landing on runway 08 about 2 hours after departure.
On August 16, 2013, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EGD performing flight FR-7602 from Bremen (Germany) to Vilnius (Lithuania) with 164 passengers, rejected takeoff from Bremen’s runway 09 at low speed after the crew noticed a strong odour in the cockpit. The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.
On August 12, 2013, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ESL performing flight FR-6370 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Las Palmas,CI (Spain) with 168 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 170nm southwest of Faro (Portugal) when the crew reported engine (CFM56) trouble, turned around and diverted to Faro for a safe landing on runway 28 about 45 minutes later.
On May 20, 2013, a Wizz Air Ukraine Airbus A320-200, registration UR-WUB performing flight WU-6104 from Memmingen (Germany) to Kiev Zhulhany (Ukraine), landed on Zhulhany Airport’s runway 08 in turbulent conditions resulting in a hard touch down
On July 16th, 2013, a Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-ECOE performing flight BE-101 from Birmingham,EN (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was descending towards Amsterdam when the crew reported a hydraulic leak and requested to be towed off the runway.
The Spanish CIAIAC release their report regarding the incidents that occurred in Alicante (May 14, 2012) and in Valencia (June 26, 2012) when four Ryanair aircraft declared fuel emergency.
The probable causes were:
“The company’s fuel savings policy, though it complies with the minimum legal requirements, tends to minimize the amount of fuel with which its airplanes operate and leaves none for contingencies below the legal minimums. This contributed to the amount of fuel used being improperly planned and to the amount of fuel onboard dropping below the required final fuel reserve.
The incident was caused by the crew’s inadequate decision-making process in opting to make a second approach, in the choice of alternate airport and in the flight parameters used en route to that airport, which resulted in the fuel amount dropping below the required minimum reserve fuel and in the crew declaring an emergency (MAYDAY).
Another contributing factor was the wind information provided by ATC to the crew when preparing the approach to runway 28. This information, though accurate, did not give the crew a clear picture of the changing wind conditions, which would have facilitated their making more suitable decisions.“
On June 21, 2013 Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AKNG performing flight 4U-396 from Cologne (Germany) to Dublin (Ireland) with 127 passengers, had just reached cruise level 360 about 210nm northwest of Cologne over the North Sea when passengers complained about feeling unwell due to smell of chlorine on board of the aircraft.
On 21, June 2013, an Iberia Express Airbus A320-200, registration EC-FGV performing flight I2-3645 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Madrid,SP (Spain), was climbing out of Frankfurt’s runway 18 when the left hand engine (CFM56) emitted a series of bangs and emitted streaks of flames.
On June 20, 2013, a Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-HHA performing flight VY-7515 from Santiago de Compostela,SP (Spain) to Zurich (Switzerland) with 88 passengers, was enroute at FL380 about 120nm southwest of Lyon (France) when the crew initiated an emergency descent (average rate of descent 4600 feet per minute) to FL100 due to the loss of cabin pressure.
On June 19, 2013, a Volotea Airlines Boeing 717-200, registration EI-EWJ performing flight V7-1533 from Verona to Palermo (Italy) with 96 passengers, diverted to Venice (Italy) following a hydraulic failure. The crew performed a manual gear extension, Venice tower advised emergency services the aircraft required assistance because of an unsafe gear indication.
On June 11, 2013, a Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800, registration LN-NOO performing flight DY-812 from Oslo (Norway) to Stockholm (Sweden) with 79 passengers, was descending towards Stockholm about 20 minutes prior to estimated landing when the crew reported smoke in the cabin. The smoke detector indication was later identified to have been false.
On June 8, 2013, a Wizz Air Airbus A320-200, registration HA-LWM performing flight W6-3141 from Bucharest Otopeni (Romania) to Rome Ciampino (Italy) with 165 passengers and 6 crew, was on approach to Ciampino’s runway 15 when the crew went around from about 1500 feet due to the left hand main gear indicating unsafe at about 07:20L (05:20Z). The airline confirmed the aircraft performed an emergency landing after the left hand main gear failed to deploy. The passengers evacuated via slides. Initially there were no reports of injuries, however a number of passengers received medical attention for obviously stress related symptoms and were quickly released.
On June 6, 2013, a Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-IEI performing flight VY-1426 from Barcelona,SP to Bilbao,SP (Spain), had just reached cruise level 310 when the crew received indication of a hydraulic failure and returned to Barcelona for a safe landing on runway 25R about 35 minutes later.
On May 31, 2013, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ENL performing flight FR-3531 from Palma Mallorca,SP (Spain) to Eindhoven (Netherlands) with 126 passengers and 6 crew, was on final approach to Eindhoven’s runway 21 at about 08:48L (06:48Z) when the crew initiated a go-around. The airline reported that the crew disconnected the autopilot and went around due to an unstable approach and proceeded for a safe landing on the second approach 12 minutes later.
On May 31, 2013, an Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZFB performing flight U2-6853 from Glasgow,SC (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was climbing out of Glasgow’s runway 23 when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet reporting a crack in the windshield. The aircraft returned to Glasgow for a safe landing on runway 23 about 20 minutes after departure.