Cyprus Airways Flight Returns to Zurich Amid Engine Vibrations

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Photo Credit: Cyprus Airways.

A Cyprus Airways flight operating from Zürich, Switzerland to Larnaca made a precautionary return to Zürich shortly after takeoff on 13 April 2024.

Cyprus Airways flight CY351, a Airbus A220 bound for Larnaca, Cyprus initiated the return after the crew reported experiencing vibrations from the right-hand engine.

Cyprus Airways CY351 Zurich-Larnaca

The aircraft was in the early climb out from Zürich RWY28 when crew reported the engine normally.

The cause of the engine vibration has not been formally identified, though a possible tail strike has been suggested.

Precautionary Return ZRH

The flight expedited a return to Zürich following the report and subsequently landed without incident approximately 12 minutes after the initial departure.

Having vacated the runway emergency services visually inspected the right-hand engine. From there, the aircraft subsequently was returned to the apron.

Flight data shows that flight CY351 made an on-time departure out of Zürich airport (ZRH) at 16:20 local time on 13 April.

After experiencing vibrations during the initial climb out, flight crew subsequently terminated the climb at 5000 feet. A return circuit was then executed to effect an immediate return.

The flight did not declare a formal emergency, and the return was made under normal operating procedures.

Airbus A220-300 5B-DEB

The aircraft conducting the CY351 service to Cyprus was an Airbus A220-300, registered 5B-DEB.

This is a 1.2-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier Cyprus Airways. The aircraft has been in service with the airline since August 2023.

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Cyprus Airways is the flag carrier airline of Cyprus. It was first established in September 1947 and ceased operations on January 9, 2015.

However, Charlie Airlines acquired the rights to use the Cyprus Airways trademarks and brand in July 2016, relaunching the airline.

The new Cyprus Airways began commercial service in March 2017. Larnaca International Airport (LCA) in Cyprus is the airline’s hub.

Their current destinations include Athens, Beirut, Bratislava, Munich, Prague, Saint Petersburg, and Tel Aviv. They fly Airbus A320-200 aircraft as well as the A220.

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