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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147263
Last updated: 6 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-302X
Registration: OH-LTO
C/n / msn: 1013
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:300 km NE of Arkhangelsk -   Russia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Osaka-Itami International Airport (ITM/RJOO)
Destination airport:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL/EFHK)
The aircraft, registration OH-LTO, was on a scheduled flight from Osaka, Japan to Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Apart from the three crew members in the cockpit, the aircraft was empty.
The aircraft experienced a loss of pressurisation due to dual engine bleed air system failures. The flight crew donned their emergency oxygen masks because of the decrease of cabin pressure.
The flight crew then initiated an emergency descent from cruise level about five minutes after the loss of pressurisation and about two minutes after the excessive cabin altitude warning which is a master warning. OH-LTO diverted to Kuopio, its alternate aerodrome.

This serious incident was caused by malfunctioning of the engines’ bleed regulated pressure transducers' (Pr). The malfunctioning was caused by freezing of water that had accumulated in the bleed regulated pressure transducers' pressure cell rooms, extremely confined by design. This being the case, the transducers provided faulty pressure information to bleed monitoring computers. Due to the erroneous information the computers closed both engines’ bleed air systems which resulted loss of pressurisation in cabin, i.e. an increase in cabin air pressure altitude. The extremely cold air mass enroute during a long time period contributed to the fact that the water froze in the pressure cell rooms. Furthermore, the relatively rapidly increasing ambient temperatures enroute may have contributed to the engine’s bleed air system faults.



Photo of OH-LTO courtesy

New York - John F Kennedy International (KJFK / JFK)
29 September 2019; (c) Robbie Shaw

Revision history:

31-Jul-2012 13:36 harro Added

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