Accident Airbus A321-231 G-EUXL,
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Date:Tuesday 20 December 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A321-231
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-EUXL
MSN: 3254
Year of manufacture:2007
Engine model:International Aero Engine V2533-A5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 123
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Glasgow Airport, Paisley (GLA/EGPF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A British Airways Airbus A321-200, registration G-EUXL performing flight BA-1486 from London Heathrow, to Glasgow, was climbing through about FL 200 out of London Heathrow's runway 27R when the crew declared PAN reporting they were lightheaded. The aircraft levelled off at FL 220 and decided to return to Heathrow for a safe landing on runway 27R about 30 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A321-200 registration G-EUXF reached Glasgow with a delay of 3 hours.

Great Britain's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed both flight crew were light headed and after landing reported to emergency services that they both nearly passed out. The passenger oxygen masks were automatically released. The Air Accident Investigation Branch have opened an investigation.

A passenger reported that there was a call on public audio from the cockpit requesting a senior cabin crew member to the flight deck, then cabin crew began to rush carrying portable oxygen cylinders and oxygen masks to the cockpit.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2011/12/03
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

24-Nov-2016 19:18 harro Added
16-Dec-2016 19:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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