2016-08-08 PIA Airbus A320 off runway at Islamabad due engine failure
On landing the aircraft veered off the side of the runway coming to rest entirely on the grass. All on board remained unhurt in the event.
PIA flight 451 departed runway 30 at Islamabad when about 10 minutes after take-off, the pilots discontinued their climb at 15000 ft. and told air traffic control they had to return to the airport because of a technical issue.
The pilots stated their experienced power loss in a hydraulic system and entered a holding pattern to work the appropriate checklists.
The Airbus A320 (uniquely painted in a special „retro“ color scheme) flew back to land at Islamabad on runway 30.
The aircraft landed normally but during the deceleration phase the pilots apparently lost steering control and drifted off to the right of the runway until all tires came to a stop on the grass about 20 meters beneath paved ground.
Runway 12 / 30 at Islamabad is 3295 x 46 m (10809 x 150 ft.) in lengh.
All passengers left the A320 on the spot via mobile airstairs. Nobody was injured. Damage to the aircraft is to be assessed.
Post incident inspection found significant internal damage to an engine. Many fan blades were broken and the inner casing showed many gashes apparently from energetic impact of engien fragments. The maingear doors were hanging down on landing due to a lack of hydraulic power.
A photo released by AviationHerald showed what appers to be small remains of a bird.
METAR Islamabad intl Airport OPRN):
OPRN 080830Z 13006KT 9999 SCT040 33/25 Q1005.6/29.70
OPRN 080900Z 13008KT 7000 SCT040 34/25 Q1004.6/29.67
Type: Airbus A320
Age a/c: 9.5 years
Constr. No.: 3031
Occupants & Casualties
Date: 2016-08-08 Time: 13:35
Location: OPRN ISB Islamabad Chaklala
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: minor
Flight no.: PK 451
From: OPRN/ISB: Islamabad Chaklala To: OPSD/KDU: Skardu
Operator: PIA – Pakistan International Airlines
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 68th safety occurence for the operator
- 519th safety occurence of type (A320)
- 8th safety occurence at Islamabad Intl Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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