Incident: Delta A333 at Amsterdam on Jul 26th 2020, bird strike

A Delta Airlines Airbus 330-300, registration N805NW performing flight DL-73 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Atlanta,GA (USA), departed Amsterdam’s runway 24 and climbed to cruise level 300. The aircraft was enroute about 230nm northwest of Glasgow,SC (UK) about to enter the oceanic crossing when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam due to a suspected bird strike at the right hand side. The aircraft landed safely back on Amsterdam’s runway 18R, was inspected by emergency services and taxied to the apron.

The flight was cancelled.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then departed for a positioning flight DL-9930 to Atlanta.


Incident: Canada Rouge B763 at Toronto on Jul 18th 2020, flaps asymmetry

An Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300, registration C-FIYA performing flight RV-2384 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Shannon (Ireland) with 2 crew, was climbing out of Toronto’s runway 24R when the crew stopped the climb at FL190 and returned to Toronto due to a flaps asymmetry message. The aircraft landed safely on runway 23 about 50 minutes after departure.

The Canadian TSB reported during flaps retraction after departure the crew received a Flap/Slat Asymmetry warning, worked the related checklist, declared PAN PAN and returned to Toronto for a safe landing.


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Incident: Westjet B738 at Deer Lake on Jul 22nd 2020, flapless landing

A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-GWSA performing flight WS-518 from Toronto,ON to Deer Lake,NL (Canada) with 34 people on board, was on approach to Deer Lake’s runway 25 when the crew advised Deer Lake’s flight service that the flaps didn’t extend. The crew went around and entered a hold to work the relevant checklists, however, without success. The crew consulted with maintenance, concluded they could not resolve the flaps issue, declared PAN PAN and conducted an uneventful flapless landing at a higher than normal speed.

The Canadian TSB reported maintenance replaced the faulty flap SKEW sensor #4 connector.


Incident: Aeromexico Connect E190 at Ciudad Juarez on Jul 23rd 2020, engine shut down in flight

An Aeromexico Connect Embraer ERJ-190, registration XA-GAI performing flight AM-118 from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City (Mexico), was climbing out of Ciudad Juarez’s runway 03 when the left hand engine (CF34) failed prompting the crew to stop the climb at 8000 feet, shut the engine down and return to Ciudad Juarez for a safe landing on runway 03 about 25 minutes after departure.

A post flight inspection revealed metallic debris in the engine’s outlet, however, no damage to the fan blades and just minor nicks to the blades of the last turbine stage.


Incident: Calm AT72 near Rankin Inlet on Jul 21st 2020, engine shut down in flight

A Calm Air Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-200, registration C-FULE performing flight MO-740 from Rankin Inlet,NU to Pond Inlet,NU (Canada) with 2 crew on board, was enroute about 200nm north of Rankin Inlet when the crew heard a “thump”, the aircraft yawed, the left hand engine torque dropped to zero and a Master Warning associated with a #1 Engine Oil indication occured. The crew worked the related checklist and shut the engine down, declared emergency and returned to Rankin Inlet for a safe landing.

The Canadian TSB reported maintenance determined the engine needed to be changed.


Accident: Mahan A313 over Syria on Jul 23rd 2020, upset as result of intercept by fighter aircraft

Mahan Air Airbus A310-300, registration EP-MNF performing flight W5-1152 from Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) to Beirut (Lebanon), was enroute at FL340 about 160nm east of Beirut in Syrian Airspace near the triangle Syria, Jordan and Iraq when the crew performed an abrupt maneouver to avoid two fighter aircraft and climbed the aircraft at least 600 feet. The aircraft subsequently returned to FL340, requested medical assistance for the arrival at Beirut and continued to Beirut for a landing without further incident. A number of passengers needed medical assistance.

Reports as to what fighter aircraft caused the upset are unclear, there are unverified claims of Israeli or US fighter aircraft. Iran’s State TV IRIB claims the fighter aircraft were Israeli aircraft, Syria’s states controlled Arab News Agency SANA however reported the fighter aircraft were US ones.

Medical Services (Red Cross) in Beirut reported no passengers needed to be taken to a hospital, a number was treated mainly for shock.

In the early morning hours of Jul 24th 2020 (UTC) CENTCOM, the US Central Military Command, reported, one F-15 was on a routine mission over southern Syria near the al Tanf garrison in southern Syria (located about 12nm east of the 16:14:43 position of the aircraft) and was dispatched to conduct an inspection of the airliner to ensure safety of coalition personnel at al Tanf. When the F-15 identified the aircraft as a passenger plane, the F-15 maintained safe distance of about 1000 meters. The intercept was done in accordance with international standards, however, it appears it caused the Iranian pilots to carry out a sudden and unexpected altitude change.

Al Tanf Garrison is located at N33.50 E38.62. When the A313 was at FL346 at 16:14:43Z, the aircraft was at position N33.50 E38.82 about 12.6nm east of Al Tanf, about a minute later at its closest distance to Al Tanf the aircraft was at position N33.55 E38.68 about 4.8nm northeast of Al Tanf.

Passenger photos (Photo: Mehdi H)
Passenger photos (Photos: Mehdi H):
Passenger photos (Photo: Mehdi H)
Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth)