Thursday, May 9, 2013

► CONGO (KINSHASA): CAA A320 suffers mass tyre blow out on take off roll at Kisangani; no injuries.

A CAA - Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation (FPY) Airbus A320-200 (MSN ? | "9Q-CAA") operating as flight FPY-343 on May 1 with 130 passengers and 6 crew onboard blew all four main gear tyres prior to commencing its take off roll from Kisangani en-route to Kinshasa. 

Kisangani's Runway 13/31
According to the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation civile (BEA), 9Q-CAA was accelerating for takeoff on runway 13/31 when an engine ingested a bird prompting the crew to reject takeoff at high speed and brake hard, which resulted in all 4 main gear tyres deflating.
"A passenger reported that the aircraft had taxied to the runway, turned onto the runway and was accelerating for takeoff, when suddenly the brakes came on hard, the nose made a pronounced down movement and the aircraft came to a stop disabled on the runway, emergency services responded. The passengers disembarked onto the runway and were taken to the terminal."

The aircraft, which does not show up in any known online database's is postulated to be CAA's latest A320 addition, mentioned here.