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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186052
Last updated: 30 December 2020
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Time:08:51 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232 (WL)
Registration: EC-MGE
C/n / msn: 6607
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 115
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Bilbao Airport (BIO/LEBB) -   Spain
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:LEBL
Destination airport:LEBB
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
On March 28th a Vueling A320 went off the runway 30 during the landing roll at 08:51 LT (06:51 Z). The winds at that moment were 22017G35KT. The next flight of this aircraft was cancelled and the aircraft needed to be repaired. After six days grounded the aircraft resumed it's flights.
The aircraft received damage on it's left-hand engine, caused by the impact with a taxiway indicator.
This happened at their second attempt, on their first they went around and after that, entered a holding pattern.
A few runway edge lights and a beacon had to be replaced.

Causes/Contributing factors
The investigation was unable to determine the main reason for the deviation from the aircraft's initial path toward the left of the runway centerline. The FDR data allow for a gust of wind to have contributed to the initial change in the aircraft's landing run while the aircraft was in a high-energy state.
The following contributing factors impeded the control of the aircraft:
- The early start of the flare maneuver, in contrast to the manufacturer's recommendation, caused the landing to extend 140 meters beyond the TDZ in effect.
- An excessive corrective action in the crew's effort to return to the runway centerline after the sudden deviation from their landing run.
- The asymmetric deployment of the thrusters when their thrust was reduced to improve lateral control.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of EC-MGE courtesy

Helsinki - Vantaa (EFHK / HEL)
23 September 2019; (c) Pertti Sipilš

Screenshot from FR24

ogimet metars

Revision history:

31-Mar-2016 17:04 hecky Added
31-Mar-2016 17:11 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Narrative]
31-Mar-2016 17:17 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
31-Mar-2016 17:25 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]
31-Mar-2016 17:27 harro Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
31-Mar-2016 21:13 hecky Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
07-Apr-2016 19:39 hecky Updated [Narrative, Photo, ]
09-Apr-2016 14:24 harro Updated [Total occupants, Source]
09-Apr-2016 14:25 harro Updated [Narrative]
11-Apr-2016 11:41 hecky Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2019 12:36 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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