Azul Flight Returns to Belo Horizonte After Electrical Failure

Len Varley
Len Varley - Assistant Editor
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An Azul Embraer E195 parked on the tarmac.
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An Azul Linhas Aereas flight operating between Belo Horizonte and Brasília, Brazil was forced to return on 14 March after experiencing an electrical failure.

Azul flight AD4673 was being performed by an Embraer ERJ-195 E2 from Belo Horizonte Confins–Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF).

Azul AD4673 Belo Horizonte-Brasilia

The aircraft was conducting a scheduled regional flight to Brasília–President Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB), in Brazil.

Whilst still in the climb and passing through FL310 (31,000 feet), the operating crew initiated a direct return to Belo Horizonte. The decision to return was made after crew reported experiencing an electrical failure.

Return to CNF

Specific details of the technical problem are not available at this time. The flight did not declare a formal emergency with transponder code 7700.

Instead, it made the return to the departure airport under normal operating procedures.

The aircraft subsequently landed safely approximately 45 minutes after its initial departure. A replacement aircraft was mustered to carry out the scheduled flight to Brasília in its place.

Flight data shows that flight AD4673 made its initial departure out of CNF at 08:25 local time. The aircraft subsequently logged a return to CNF at 09:07 local time.

The aircraft conducting the regional service to Brasília was Embraer ERJ-195 E2 registration PS-AEC. This is a four-year old regional commuter aircraft belonging to the carrier Azul Linhas Aereas.

The aircraft has been operational with the airline since its initial delivery in December 2019.

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By Len Varley Assistant Editor
Now the Assistant Editor with AviationSource, I have almost 40 years' experience in aviation, starting in Australian flight crew and training. I worked as CFI/Chief Pilot with 2 organisations and was also a CASA approved testing officer and aeronautics lecturer. This led to components procurement for civil operators and the RAAF, and then maintenance programming with a global airborne geo-survey operator.