Hong Kong Airlines A330 Suffers Landing Gear Issue in Bangkok

A Hong Kong Airlines A330 climbs after takeoff.
Masakatsu Ukon, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330 bound for Hong Kong, China made a precautionary return to Bangkok on 31 March shortly after takeoff.

Hong Kong Airlines flight HX780, and Airbus A330-300 was in the climb after departure when crew received an abnormal undercarriage indication. According to flight deck indications, one of the landing gear legs had failed to fully retract.

Hong Kong Airlines HX780 Bangkok

After noting the indication, flight crew terminated the climb at 5000 feet and negotiated a precautionary return. The flight subsequently returned and landed at Bangkok approximately 35 minutes after departure.

The aircraft made a safe landing without further incident. Following a ground delay of just over 16 hours the aircraft was subsequently cleared and continued its flight.

Hong Kong Airlines flight HX780 departed Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on time at 02:04 local time on March 31st.

The flight maintained 5000 feet and conducted manoeuvring, presumably to attempt fault identification/rectification. Following this the aircraft subsequently negotiated a precautionary return to Bangkok.

Flight track for HX780 in Bangkok

Airbus A330-300 B-LNR

The aircraft conducting the HX780 rotation to Hong Kong was an Airbus A330-300 registered B-LNR. This is a 14-year old wide-body aircraft belonging to the carrier Hong Kong Airlines.

The aircraft was originally in service with Singapore Airlines. It transferred to the Hong Kong carrier in July 2016, and has been in service since then.

Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) was established in 2006 as a member of the HNA Group and currently flies to over 40 destinations across Asia Pacific. Its main hub is at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).

Here’s a quick summary of the carrier:

Founded: 2006
Headquarters: Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Main Hub: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Destinations: 40+ (primarily Asia Pacific)
Fleet: Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft
Cabin Classes: Business Class and Economy Class


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