JetBlue A321: Dual Hydraulic Failure Near Raleigh/Durham

Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A JetBlue flight from Boston diverted to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina after experiencing hydraulic problems on 28 May 2024.

JetBlue flight B6369, an Airbus A321-200 operating from Boston (BOS) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), was en route in the cruise when flight crew reported hydraulic problems.

JetBlue B6369 Boston-Fort Lauderdale

The operating crew made the decision to divert to nearby Raleigh Durham as a precaution. A descent and approach was then made to Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU).

The aircraft conducted a go around from the first approach and then entered a holding procedure.

According to the online source Aviation Herald, the flight crew reported the loss of both hydraulic systems during the aborted approach. As a result, they needed to assess whether they had sufficient runway length to conduct a flapless landing.

The aircraft was subsequently positioned for a second approach in flapless configuration at a higher approach speed. The aircraft made a full stop landing from the second approach attempt without further incident.

The passenger complement was disembarked with the aircraft on the runway and transported to the airport terminal.

A subsequent report by the FAA confirmed the report of the hydraulic issue, with the aircraft landing safely at Raleigh Durham International Airport at around 11:20 PM local time.

The FAA will now conduct an investigation into the incident.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that flight B6369 made an on-time departure out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) at 20:24 local time.

The aircraft then set course normally and climbed to flight level FL360 (36,000 feet) for the service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Flight crew initiated the diversion with the flight approximately 100 nautical miles to the east of Raleigh Durham North Carolina.

Airbus A321-200 N956JT

The aircraft conducting the B6369 domestic service was an Airbus A321-200, registered N956JT. This is an 8.7 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the US carrier JetBlue.

Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It has been in operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in October 2015. The aircraft was previously involved in a ground collision incident on 8 February 2024.

The left winglet of a JetBlue Airbus A321neo registered N2157J struck its right horizontal stabiliser. The aircraft was returned to service on 24 March 2024 following the ground collision incident.

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