Nepal Airlines Airbus A320 recently on the brink of a potential incident
November 14, 2016
Recently, it was found out that a passenger plane belonging to Nepal Airlines flying from Kathmandu to Dubai had its engine thrust reverser locked.
On October 16, the Airbus 320 flying from Tribhuvan International Airport to Dubai International Airport failed to position a thrust reverser after landing in Dubai and the lock out pin was not removed.
NAC’s Quality Assurance and Flight Safety Department demanded written explanation from a team of engineers who were involved in maintenance before letting the flight take off to Dubai and as a result, the situation was revealed to the media.
A team for maintenance under an Airbus engineer was called to clarify the situation according to the NAC.
The safety pin was removed by the engineers at Dubai International Airport after the plane with 100 passengers and flown by senior captain Vijay lama landed safely.
Thrust reversers decelerate the landing distance and is significant to the aircraft and the safety pin tool is often used to prevent the thrust reverser translating sleeves from actuating during maintenance while the problem of smoke alerts are also repeatedly occurring at the Airbus 320.
According to an official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the regulatory body also took note of the issue and is waiting for NAC’s internal examination report to kick off additional proceedings.
These maintenance errors are quite risky considering that it could have caused a huge accident and on a constant level, though, safety issues have been compromised, not much of the effective actions are done.