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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213551
Last updated: 18 August 2018
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Date:18-JUL-2018
Time:23:34 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-323
Owner/operator:Malaysia Airlines
Registration: 9M-MTK
C/n / msn: 1388
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Category:Incident
Location:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN) -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN)
Destination airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
Malaysia Airlines flight MH134, an Airbus A330-200, returned to land at Brisbane International Airport, Australia after the airspeed indicators failed during takeoff.
The aircraft took off from runway 01 at 13:31 UTC (23:31 LT, July 18). The flight crew circled and landed back on runway 01 at 14:33 UTC (00:33, July 19).

7 News Brisbane reported that the aircraft took off with several pitot tubes still covered. A photo has surfaced online, purported to be of the A330 after landing, showing covers on the captain's and standby pitot tubes.

Airlines cover pitot tubes during turnaround at Brisbane Airport to prevent obstruction by mud wasps. This measure was taken following an incident in November 2013 when an Etihad Airbus A330 returned to Brisbane Airport with airspeed indication anomalies. It appeared that the captainís pitot probe was almost totally obstructed by an insect nest, consistent with mudwasp residue, during the 2 hour and 3 minute period while the aircraft was in transit on the ground at Brisbane.

Sources:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2018/aair/ao-2018-053/
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9m-mtk#1d2c6054
https://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/611306-mas-a330-bne-leaves-pitot-covers-2.html

Previous incident at Brisbane:
https://news.aviation-safety.net/2016/05/06/wasp-nest-blocks-a330-pitot-tube-emergency-landing-at-brisbane/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jul-2018 09:42 harro Added
21-Jul-2018 10:08 harro Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Jul-2018 10:41 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
21-Jul-2018 10:46 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]

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