Sunday, November 08, 2020

Lufthansa Airbus A330 Returns To Bangalore Over Gear Issue

A Lufthansa A330 returned to Bangalore on Thursday after facing nose gear issues. The cabin crew noticed the fault at 8,000 feet and opted to burn fuel and return to Bangalore for safety reasons. The plane landed safely in Bangalore three hours after departure with no injuries.

The flight in the incident was LH755, flying from Bangalore to Frankfurt on November 5th. The flight departed half an hour late from Bangalore at 04:03 local time and began its ascent. However, just 10 minutes after takeoff, the plane stopped its climb, likely when the pilots first detected the error, according to data from

Soon after stopping its climb, the plane entered a holding pattern over the city and 20 minutes later moved up to 10,000 feet to burn fuel for its diversion to Bangalore. The fuel burn is required to ensure the plane does not make a hard landing due to the higher weight of the aircraft.

The plane safely landed in Bangalore three hours after departure at 07:06 local time, with emergency services standing by. No injuries were noted among the 78 passengers on this flight, according to The Aviation Herald.

The plane involved in the incident was a 12.8-year-old Airbus A330-300, registered D-AIKK, according to The aircraft was delivered new to Lufthansa in January 2008 and has since been in service with no major incidents.

The plane returned to Bangalore due to issues with its nose wheel gear upon departure. While details are few, it seems the crew decided to return after receiving a warning about the nose wheel. To safely land in Bangalore, and since the problem was not immediate, the aircraft decided to burn fuel first.

08/11/20 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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