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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 4 octobre 2007
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-322
Immatriculation: D-AERK
Numéro de série: 120
Année de Fabrication: 1996-02-13 (11 years 8 months)
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 11
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 114
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 125
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:au dessus de Düsseldorf-Dormagen (   Allemagne)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS/EDDL), Allemagne
Aéroport de destination:Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG/LGTS), Grèce
An Airbus A330-322 passenger plane, D-AERK, sustained substantial damage when it lost engine cowlings after takeoff from Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS).
The airplane landed safely back at Düsseldorf and no one was injured.
The A330 had departed Düsseldorf on a flight to Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG), Greece. It was climbing through FL105 when the crew heard a loud bang, followed by some unusual noises. The crew then checked the locking of the doors and hatches but found no problems. Since no errors were detected by the aircraft monitoring system (ECAM) the flight continued. Shortly afterwards a cabin crew member reported the loss of a large part of the engine cowling of the left engine.
The crew then decided to cancel the flight and return to Düsseldorf. The crew did not declare an emergency. The aircraft landed without further problems in Düsseldorf. At the parking position fuel was seen leaking from the left wing because of hole in the underside of the wing. Further damage was caused to the belly fairing and underlying structure and hydraulics.

Probable Cause:

The accident was due to the fact that the front two or all three of the cowling latches were not properly closed. Contributing to the accident, was that the warning color on the handles was worn.
There was no evidence of a structural failure of the composite cladding.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 years and 2 months
Accident number: BFU 1X002-07
Download report: Final report


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Düsseldorf International Airport et Thessaloniki International Airport est de 1714 km (1071 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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