Flybondi 737-800: Runway Excursion at San Carlos de Bariloche

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A Flybondi Boeing 737-800 arriving from Buenos Aires Ezeiza suffered a runway excursion on landing at San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina on 20 June 2024.

Flybondi flight FO5240, a Boeing 737-800 inbound from Buenos Aires, had made an approach and landing at Bariloche RWY29. Following the landing roll, the aircraft overshot the end of the runway.

Flybondi FO5240 Buenos Aires-Bariloche

The aircraft then came to a stop with its nose gear on soft ground, with the main gear wheels remaining on the runway tarmac.

No damage was reported to have occurred as a result of the runway overrun.

Footage of the incident servicing on social media show the aircraft then being towed from the position where it came to rest. The aircraft landed in IFR weather conditions, with reduced visibility and snow.

The runway excursion incident will now be the subject of an investigation by the safety regulator La Junta de Seguridad de Argentina (JST).

Flight data shows that flight FO5240 had departed from Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) at 06:45 local time.

The flight had then proceeded normally, climbing to flight level FL360 (36,000 feet) for the south-westerly regional service to Bariloche (BRC).

Let down and approach procedures were similarly conducted normally, and the runway excursion occurred following the aircraft’s landing on runway 29.

The aircraft conducting the FO5240 regional service from Buenos Aires was a Boeing 737-800, registered LV-KAY. This is an 18.2-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the Argentinian carrier Flybondi.

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The aircraft has been in operational service with the airline since September 2021. Prior to this it saw service with Air India Express following its initial delivery in May 2006.

The aircraft then changed hands in August 2014 and was operated by the Canadian carrier Air Transat.

About Flybondi

Flybondi is an ultra low-cost airline based in Argentina, being the first of its kind in the country.

The company’s slogan is “La libertad de volar,” which translates to “The freedom of flying” in Spanish. It operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft from its bases in Buenos Aires and Córdoba.

The carrier started its flight operations in February 2018 to major cities in Argentina. Its initial routes were launched from Córdoba International Airport to Mendoza, Bariloche, and Puerto Iguazú.

It became the first civilian airline to operate out of El Palomar Airport near Buenos Aires in the same month.

Flybondi became an international airline on December 17, 2018. It then started offering flights between El Palomar in Greater Buenos Aires and the Paraguayan capital, Asunción.

In July 2019, the airline announced that it would begin servicing Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

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