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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202471
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Time:15:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A319 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A319-112
Owner/operator:Air Moldova
Registration: ER-AXM
MSN: 1786
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF) -   Italy
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Chisinau Airport (KIV/LUKK)
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF)
Investigating agency: ANSV
Air Moldova flight 9U891 made a low fuel emergency landing at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, Italy.
The aircraft, an Airbus A319, operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Chisinau, Moldavia. The flight departed at 13:10 hours local time (11:10 UTC). After a flight of just over two hours, the aircraft positioned for an approach to runway 16L. The approach was aborted at 14:20 hours local time (13:20 UTC). The aircraft then positioned for a second approach, this time for runway 34L. This approach was aborted at 14:33. Subsequently, the flight crew decided to divert to Bologna and climbed to FL160. About 14:45 the flight elected to return to Rome, declaring a low fuel emergency.
A third approach, to runway 16L again, was aborted at 14:59 hours. The flight then circled for a visual approach to runway 16R and a normal landing was carried out at 15:10 hours.

The ANSV decided to launch an investigation into this serious incident on December 1, 2017.

Weather reported about the time of the incident:
LIRF 051020Z 13018KT 9999 FEW030 SCT050 19/13 Q1012 TEMPO 4000 TSRA SCT014CB
1110Z: Departure from Chisinau
LIRF 051120Z 14023KT 9999 TS SCT014CB SCT030 SCT040 19/12 Q1011 NOSIG
LIRF 051220Z 13017KT 9999 -TSRA SCT014CB SCT030 BKN040 18/12 Q1010 NOSIG
1320Z: First approach aborted
LIRF 051320Z 31013G24KT 280V340 2000 1000N +TSRA SCT007 SCT010CB BKN020 BKN030 13/12 Q1011 NOSIG
1333Z: Second approach aborted
1359Z: Third approach aborted
1410Z: Landing runway 16R
LIRF 051420Z 16006KT 100V200 9999 -RA VCTS FEW005 FEW015CB SCT035 14/14 Q1009 RETSRA 882904// BECMG NSW
LIRF 051520Z 09012KT 9999 FEW005 SCT040 14/13 Q1009 NOSIG



Photo of ER-AXM courtesy

Frankfurt am Main (EDDF / FRA / FRF)
20 August 2019; (c) Günter Schütze

Revision history:

03-Dec-2017 15:29 harro Added
03-Dec-2017 15:32 harro Updated [Narrative]

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