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Inspection launched in relation to emergency landing of airBaltic aircraft

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn relation to an emergency landing of airBaltic’s Bombardier Q400 at Riga International Airport on Saturday, 17 September, Transport Accidents and Incidents Investigations Bureau has begun an investigation to determine the cause of the technical malfunction.

Transport Minister Uldis Augulis has requested institutions to provide detailed information about the service’s work and a detailed report about all events that took place that day, as reported by Transport Ministry.

The goal of the investigation is to determine the objective cause for the situation in order to prevent their repetition in aviation in the future. Only after an in-depth investigation is carried out will it be possible to say what the reason for the emergency was.

Latvian national airBaltic airline has informed the Transport Ministry that the company intends to inspect all Bombardier aircraft owned by the company to be certain of their technical state and ensure safety of future flights.

As it is known, airBaltic Bombardier Q400 NextGen Riga-Zurich flight BT641 was forced to return to Riga International Airport because of an emergency.

Initial information stated that there were 63 passengers on board, including two children and one infant. None of the passengers were hurt. Shortly after landing, all passengers were delivered safely to the airport’s terminal.

The first pilot has 3,880 hours spent piloting airplanes, 2,380 hours were spent piloting Bombardier Q400 NextGen. The co-pilot’s experience includes 10,500 hours (2,700 hours with Q400 aircraft).

The aircraft involved in the incident was Bombardier Q400 NextGen, YL-BAI, serial number 4302. This aircraft was added to airBaltic fleet in December 2010. This aircraft has performed a total of 11,730 landings. The last C-check was performed in May 2015.


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