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Last updated: 2 June 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 4 Oktober 2007
Zeit:10:50
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-322
Fluggesellschaft:LTU
Kennzeichen: D-AERK
Werknummer: 120
Baujahr: 1996-02-13 (11 years 8 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 114
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 125
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:über dem Düsseldorf-Dormagen (   Deutschland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS/EDDL), Deutschland
Flug nach:Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG/LGTS), Griechenland
Unfallbericht:
An Airbus A330-322 passenger plane, D-AERK, sustained substantial damage when it lost engine cowlings after takeoff from Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS).
The airplane landed safely back at Düsseldorf and no one was injured.
The A330 had departed Düsseldorf on a flight to Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG), Greece. It was climbing through FL105 when the crew heard a loud bang, followed by some unusual noises. The crew then checked the locking of the doors and hatches but found no problems. Since no errors were detected by the aircraft monitoring system (ECAM) the flight continued. Shortly afterwards a cabin crew member reported the loss of a large part of the engine cowling of the left engine.
The crew then decided to cancel the flight and return to Düsseldorf. The crew did not declare an emergency. The aircraft landed without further problems in Düsseldorf. At the parking position fuel was seen leaking from the left wing because of hole in the underside of the wing. Further damage was caused to the belly fairing and underlying structure and hydraulics.

Probable Cause:

Schlussfolgerungen: Der Unfall ist darauf zurückzuführen, dass die beiden vorderen oder alle drei Verriegelungen der Cowling nicht richtig verschlossen waren. Beigetragen hat zu dem Unfall, dass die Warnfarbe auf den Handgriffen abgenutzt war. Es gab keine Hinweise auf ein strukturelles Versagen der Composite-Verkleidung.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 years and 2 months
Accident number: BFU 1X002-07
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Düsseldorf International Airport to Thessaloniki International Airport as the crow flies is 1714 km (1071 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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