An Airbus A220-300 from the airline AirBaltic had to divert yesterday after a failure of its left engine, the fourth incident of this type with the Pratt & Whitney. The BEA has delegated the investigation to the NTSB, which is already investigating the Swiss aircraft.
The Latvian A220-300 (YL-AAU) was flying flight BT677 on February 12, 2020 from its base in Riga to Malaga-Costa del Sol airport, with 149 passengers on board. While the plane was over the Pyrenees, the crew reported that the left PW1500G engine had stopped after a failure, and diverted to Bordeaux-Mérignac. After a smooth landing around 9:30 am, the passengers were transferred to Spain on another aircraft sent by airBaltic. The aircraft was delivered last November.
AirBaltic confirmed in a statement that its flight BT677 from Riga to Malaga « was diverted to Bordeaux, France for technical reasons. Safety is AirBaltic’s top priority. During the flight, the captain reported that the left engine had stopped. In accordance with standard procedures, the flight was diverted and landed safely in Bordeaux. A ferry flight has already left Riga to transport all passengers to and from Malaga with as little delay as possible, good meals and refreshments being provided to passengers. AirBaltic apologizes to all passengers for the inconvenience. ”
⚠️ Incident grave @Airbus #A220 immatriculé YL-AAU exploité par @airBaltic survenu ce matin / défaillance technique moteur gauche en croisière pendant un vol Riga > Malaga & deroutement à #Bordeaux / @BEA_Aero sera sur place cet après-midi. (image d’illustration) pic.twitter.com/JIdTR17Kyh
— BEA ✈️ 🚁🛩 🇫🇷 (@BEA_Aero) February 12, 2020
The Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) went on the spot, and announced that it would transfer responsibility for the investigation to the American NTSB, which is already handling those concerning the three similar incidents that happened to A220- 300 of Swiss International Airlines over France.
Transport Canada regulators, as well as FOCA in Switzerland, issued directives at the end of October concerning the operations of the A220-100 and A220-300: thrust limitation to 94% of the N1 from flight level FL290 (29,000 feet above sea level), and limitation to 35,000 feet from the maximum ceiling in icing conditions. The Canadian agency said the operations « could have contributed » to the Swiss company’s incidents.