Engine Fire Indication!: Vueling Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Bilbao

The Vueling Airbus A320 that was involved in the emergency landing onboard VY3972 between Bilbao and Rome.
Photo Credit: James Field/AviationSource

A Vueling flight bound for Rome had to make an emergency landing back into it’s departure airfield of Bilbao on June 29.

Information has been released pertinent to the incident at hand, which we will get into in this article.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Vueling Flight VY3972 – Bilbao to Rome…


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The Vueling Airbus A320 that was involved in the emergency landing onboard VY3972 between Bilbao and Rome.
Photo Credit: James Field/AviationSource

Vueling flight VY3972, which made the emergency landing, is a routine scheduled flight between Bilbao and Rome.

The aircraft involved in the incident is EC-KRH.

As per data from Planespotters.net, EC-KRH is a 16.1 year old Airbus A320 that was delivered to the carrier in May 2008.

Furthermore, of the A320ceo variant, Vueling has 77 of them in their fleet.

Of the 77, all but five are in active service, with an average fleet age of 12.2 years.

As well as the A320ceo, Vueling has the following aircraft in their fleet:

  • 6 Airbus A319s.
  • 25 Airbus A320neos.
  • 22 Airbus A321 Family aircraft.

Vueling flight VY3972, which made the emergency landing, departed Bilbao at 1617 local time on June 29 and initially climbed out to Rome.

However, as per The Aviation Herald, the crew received an engine fire indication on their systems.

From there, a hold was made before heading back to the Spanish airport, where the flight landed safely at 1645 local time.

Aircraft Still Grounded…


The Vueling Airbus A320 that was involved in the emergency landing onboard VY3972 between Bilbao and Rome.
Photo Credit: James Field/AviationSource

At the time of writing (2/7/24 @ 2120 UK time), the Vueling Airbus A320 involved in VY3972 Bilbao-Rome emergency landing is still grounded.

It is unclear when the aircraft will re-enter commercial service following this incident.

The safety outlet noted that when they landed, there was no evidence of a fire on the engine.

However, it may have been extinguished during flight.

Either way, all eyes will be on when the aircraft will be cleared fit to fly so then it can return to commercial service.

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