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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183210
Last updated: 1 November 2019
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Time:06:01 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-430
Owner/operator:Blue Air
Registration: YR-BAS
C/n / msn: 27007/2367
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 116
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Cluj International Airport (CLJ/LRCL) -   Romania
Phase: Landing
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:LROP
Destination airport:LRCL
Blue Air Flight 9301 from Otopeni (LROP) to Barcelona–El Prat (LEBL) via Cluj-Napoca (LRCL) was carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew.

The airplane overshot runway 25 at LRCL by about 20 meters (65 feet) due to snowy conditions. Passengers claimed that snow was not cleared off the tarmac, while the airport manager stated that the runway was in good condition for landing. No passengers, crew, or people on the ground were injured, and the plane was evacuated 30-40 minutes after landing. One passenger passed out during the incident, but did not require medical assistance.

The airport manager at Cluj Airport claimed that the aircraft was running low on fuel, and thus the pilots were in a hurry to land. Blue Air's CEO denied this claim, and said that the plane landed with more than 3 tons of fuel on board, blaming the Cluj Tower for not informing the pilots about the state of the runway. Due to the conflicting statements, a criminal investigation was opened in order to find the culprit.

Brake action on the runway was medium/good, being downgraded to medium at 05:52 UTC (8 minutes before landing), due to 3 mm (.12 in) of wet snow that had settled on the tarmac. Runway 25 had been cleared of snow between 05:20 and 05:51 UTC, according to ROMATSA (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration).

Weather about the time of the incident (06:01 Z):

LRCL 070700Z 11002KT 0700 R25/0900U SN FG BKN003 OVC005 00/00 Q0995 R07/590393
LRCL 070630Z 08005KT 0700 R25/0900U SN FG SCT003 OVC008 00/00 Q0995 R07/590393
>> LRCL 070600Z 09003KT 1000 R25/0900V1400D SN BR SCT009 OVC010 00/00 Q0995 R07/590393
LRCL 070530Z 10002KT 1200 R25/1400D SN BR SCT013 OVC016 00/M00 Q0995 R07/690294
LRCL 070500Z 08004KT 1500 SN BR FEW020 OVC028 M00/M00 Q0994 R07/690294
LRCL 070430Z 08001KT 2500 -SN BR FEW022 OVC030 M00/M00 Q0994 R07/690294
LRCL 070400Z VRB01KT 3000 -FZRASN BR SCT021 OVC030 M00/M00 Q0994 R07/690294



Photo of YR-BAS courtesy

Madrid - Adolfo Suarez / Barajas (LEMD / MAD)
3 January 2018; (c) David Unsworth

LRBC 30-11-2015

Revision history:

07-Jan-2016 11:36 ahutu Added
07-Jan-2016 11:55 marckovacs Updated [Nature]
07-Jan-2016 12:26 ahutu Updated [Location]
07-Jan-2016 12:26 ahutu Updated [Operator, Location]
07-Jan-2016 13:05 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code]
07-Jan-2016 13:08 harro Updated [Nature, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 13:22 harro Updated [Embed code]
07-Jan-2016 17:54 ahutu Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 18:39 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
07-Jan-2016 18:39 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
23-Jul-2016 17:54 Stefan Updated [Photo, ]

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