A Garuda Indonesia Airbus A330 operating a flight to Melbourne u-turned back to Jakarta amid hydraulic problems onboard the aircraft.
Incident: Garuda A330 Jakarta-Melbourne Suffers Hydraulic Problems…
Garuda Indonesia flight GA716 is a routine scheduled flight between Jakarta and Melbourne, with the affected rotation being operated by PK-GPZ.
As per data from Planespotters.net, PK-GPZ is a 8.0 year old Airbus A330-300 that was delivered to the carrier back in January 2016.
Of the A330-300 variant, the Indonesian carrier has 16 of them in their vast fleet, of which 12 are in active service and four are currently parked, holding an average fleet age of 15.5 years.
Garuda Indonesia flight GA716 departed Jakarta at 1939 local time on January 6, and proceeded southbound towards Melbourne.
Upon reaching the Australian coast, the crew onboard opted to u-turn the aircraft and head back to the Indonesian airport.
As per Jakarta Globe, the crew on GA716 were prompted by a cockpit indicator signaling the need to return back to base so then inspections and maintenance could take place.
Irfan Setiaputra, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia said the following to news outlet Antara:
“Taking into account safety aspects, the Pilot in Command (PIC) coordinated with the Operation Control Center (OCC) and decided to return and land at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in good and normal conditions for further inspection”.
Since the incident, the aircraft has returned to service and has been consistently operating the Jakarta-Melbourne rotation, amounting to five flights since the incident.
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