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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162413
Last updated: 13 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-243
Registration: A6-EYJ
C/n / msn: 737
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 250
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:YBBN - Brisbane -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:YBBN - Brisbane
Destination airport:WSSL - Singapore
Investigating agency: ATSB
On 21 November 2013, after a flight from Singapore, an Etihad Airways Airbus A330, A6-EYJ landed at Brisbane airport and was taxied to the terminal. Approximately 2 hours later, flight EY473 was pushed-back from the gate for the return flight to Singapore.
The captain rejected the initial take-off attempt after observing an airspeed indication failure on his display. The aircraft taxied back to the terminal where troubleshooting was carried out, before being released back into service.
During the second take-off roll, the crew became aware of an airspeed discrepancy after the V1 decision speed and the take-off was continued. Once airborne, the crew declared a MAYDAY and decided to return to Brisbane where an overweight landing was carried out.
Engineering inspection after the overweight landing found that the Captainís pitot probe was almost totally obstructed by an insect nest, consistent with mud-dauber wasp residue. The pitot obstruction had occurred during the 2 hour period that the aircraft was on the ground at Brisbane and was not detected during troubleshooting after the initial rejected take-off.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Photo of A6-EYJ courtesy

Brisbane (YBBN / BNE)
11 September 2013; (c) Wayne Bass

Revision history:

21-Nov-2013 12:38 Petropavlovsk Added
21-Nov-2013 19:20 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2013 20:34 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
25-Nov-2013 18:47 harro Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2013 18:48 harro Updated [Embed code]
07-Feb-2016 08:29 AF5541 Updated [Total occupants]
06-May-2016 10:44 harro Updated [Narrative]

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