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Accident description
Last updated: 17 March 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 19 September 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-211
Operator:Air Berlin
Registration: D-ABCK
C/n / msn: 5133
First flight: 2012-04-23 (3 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:10720
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B3/3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 168
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS/EDDL), Germany
Destination airport:Kos Airport (KGS/LGKO), Greece
Air Berlin flight AB3156 diverted to München, Germany after sustaining a tire failure on takeoff from Düsseldorf.
The Airbus A321 took off from runway 23L at Düsseldorf at 12:12 hours (10:12 UTC). During takeoff one of the main landing gear's tires failed. Debris punctured the right hand wing.
The aircraft leveled off at FL270 at which point the crew likely became aware of the damage. A descent was initiated at 12:41 and the flight diverted to München, where it landed safely on runway 26R at 13:21 hours.

The aircraft was repaired and was back in service on October 1, 2015.


Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Düsseldorf International Airport to Kos Airport as the crow flies is 2257 km (1411 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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