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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195685
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Time:c. 06:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-343
Owner/operator:Swiss International Air Lines
Registration: HB-JHB
MSN: 1018
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 197
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:8 nm SSE of Zurich -   Switzerland
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dar Es Salaam-Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR/HTDA)
Destination airport:Zurich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Investigating agency: SUST Switzerland
Swiss International Air Lines flight LX294 from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to Zurich, Switzerland was on final approach to runway 34 when it nearly collided with a drone.

According to ATC recordings, the preceding flight, Cathay Pacific flight CX383, a Boeing 777-367ER (B-KPO) first reported seeing the drone on their left hand side at 5000 feet, about 8 NM out. The Final Approach controller then informed LX294.


For more information on drone/aircraft near miss incidents, see the ]ASN Drone Database

Audio fragment from Zurch Final Approach Control:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SUST Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Nov 2014 HB-JHB Swiss International Air Lines 0 near Zürich non


Photo of HB-JHB courtesy

Zürich (LSZH / ZRH)
15 June 2014; (c) Pat

Revision history:

26-May-2017 19:00 AF5541 Added
26-May-2017 19:03 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2017 19:04 harro Updated [Source]
26-May-2017 19:06 harro Updated [Photo, ]
26-May-2017 19:21 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]
26-May-2017 19:26 harro Updated [Source]
23-Jul-2017 08:18 harro Updated [Source]

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