Srilankan Airlines A330 in-flight fuel shortage, diverted to Trivandrum

On July 6, Srilankan Airlines’ A330-300 (4R-ALR) had an in-flight fuel shortage. Flight UL-504 from London to Colombo encountered a mid-air fuel shortage during overnight flight across the two continents.

Srilankan Airlines performed an emergency landing at Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) after rejected to land at Muscat, according to the Colombo Page, local media.

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Srilankan Airlines' A330-300 (4R-ALR)
Photo by Larrys aviation

The aircraft crew requested clearance to perform an emergency landing at Muscat International Airport (MCT) but refused due to inclement weather. The A330 arrived in TRV at about 13:30 local time after another nearly three hours of flight from Muscat. After a short refueling, it was back in the air for a quick 40-minute journey back to Colombo (CMB).

More incidents of 4R-ALR

On May 21, 2021, an Airbus A330-300, registration 4R-ALR, on the route from Colombo to Sydney, has an autopilot disconnect at Fl390, about 500 nautical miles east of Learmonth. The aircraft ascended approximately 725 feet before being manually brought to FL390 by the crew. The aircraft proceeded to Sydney, where it landed safely about 3.5 hours later and without any problem.

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On May 27, 2018, while landing in Kochi, India, the same Aircraft 4R-ALR veered off the runway. Flight UL-167 arrived in Kochi from Colombo with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. During landing, the aircraft veered off runway 27 and damaged two runway lights. The aircraft sustained no damage during the landing in Kochi, despite the severe weather conditions.

Maldives incident

Srilankan Airlines’ A320neo horizontal stabilizers were damaged on April 21, 2021, after it was struck by a ground service vehicle at Maldives. 4R-ANB scheduled to depart Male for Colombo, a one-hour journey.

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