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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177133
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Time:21:11 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-212
Owner/operator:SATA International
Registration: CS-TKJ
MSN: 795
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 159
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Porto-Francisco S Carneiro Airport (OPO/LPPR) -   Portugal
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Porto-Francisco S Carneiro Airport (OPO/LPPR)
Destination airport:Ponta Delgada-Joo Paulo II Airport, Azores (PDL/LPPD)
On the evening of June 7, a SATA International Airbus A320 was about to operate flight RZO175 from Porto, Portugal to Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. On board were 152 passengers and 7 crew members.
Weather was fine with 10+ km visibility, a temperature of 23C and calm winds.
The active runway was runway 17. Yet, before startup, the flight crew asked if they could be cleared for runway 35. ATC replied Ill advise at push back depending on traffic but i dont think so. Runway 35 was closer to the apron and did not involve any back tracking.

After RZO175 was allowed to push-back and start up, the crew received taxi instructions to the Holding Point of runway 17, via Foxtrot, and back-track also on runway 17 for a full length takeoff. During the taxi, RZO175 was asked by ATC to expedite the taxi, to which the crew replied "We'll expedite taxi, Air Azores 175... ". After completing the back track and 180 degree turn, RZO175 was cleared for takeoff: "Air Azores 175, wind 1-9-0 degrees, 5 knots, runway 1-7, cleared for take off... ". After take-off the RZO175 was allowed to climb to FL240 and subsequently instructed to communicate with Lisbon Control.

The captain of the flight reported later, that the brake temperature rose to 250C during taxi. After being pressed by ATC to expedite their departure, the brake temperature reached the 300C during takeoff. At that time the ECAM message "BRAKES HOT" showed.
The captain decided to continue takeoff. The landing gear was kept down until the temperature of the brakes had reached 180-200C.
The fact that the captain alleged that pressure placed on him by ATC did not allow for "the calculation of adequate performance to take off" caused the Portuguese GPIAA to open an investigation.


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 Jun 2011 CS-TKJ SATA International 0 Madeira (LPMA) min


Photo of CS-TKJ courtesy

London - Gatwick (EGKK / LGW)
30 May 2015; (c) Dean Gibbs

Revision history:

20-Jun-2015 20:23 harro Added

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