ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232967
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Narrative:At 17:55 UTC, the Airbus A330-343 took off from runway 19 at Cape Town International Airport (FACT) en-route to Istanbul International Airport (LTFM) on a scheduled flight with flight number TK45. On board the aircraft were two pilots, 11 cabin crew members and 292 passengers.
|Owner/operator:||THY Turkish Airlines|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 305|
|Aircraft damage:|| Minor|
|Location:||Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT) -
|Phase:|| Take off|
|Nature:||Passenger - Scheduled|
|Departure airport:||Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT)|
|Destination airport:||Istanbul Airport (IST/LTFM)|
|Investigating agency: ||CAA SouthAfrica|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities|
During rotation when the landing gear lever was selected up, the crew noted an error message on the Electric Centralised Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) indicating a left-gear fault message. The crew then opted to fly overhead Robin Island with the landing gear still in the down position and mitigate the error message on the ECAM. After completion of ECAM procedure, the crew alerted the tower that they had a technical problem with the landing gear system and requested a hold to trouble shoot and reduce fuel. During holding the crew contacted the mid-state operations control centre (MOCC) and integrated operations control centre (IOCC) through a satellite communication system (SATCOM) for assistance with the landing gear fault. After 2 hours holding the MOCC advised the crew that Johannesburg-OR Tambo International Airport (FAOR) would be a better option for a diversion as the resources needed to correct the fault were available there.
A safe landing was carried out at Johannesburg at 20:18 UTC.
An inspection found that the pitch trimmer proximity sensor was out of adjustment limits and was adjusted before the aircraft was returned to service.
PROBABLE CAUSES/CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
The cause of the pitch trimmer being out of limit was probably due to the damaged pitch trimmer proximity switch sensor/target as a result of wear and tear.
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|Investigating agency: ||CAA SouthAfrica |
|Status: ||Investigation completed|
|Duration: ||1 year 1 month|
|Download report: || Final report|
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