Lufthansa A321 Frankfurt-Barcelona: Fumes in Cockpit

Lufthansa A321 Frankfurt-Barcelona: Fumes in Cockpit
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Last Sunday, a Lufthansa Airbus A321 bound for Barcelona u-turned all the way back to Frankfurt due to fumes in the cockpit.

Such an incident was serious enough to return back to it’s origin field, as there was no maintenance available in BCN.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

LH1128 – Frankfurt-Barcelona…


Lufthansa A321 Frankfurt-Barcelona: Fumes in Cockpit
Data provided by RadarBox.com.
Lufthansa A321 Frankfurt-Barcelona: Fumes in Cockpit
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Lufthansa flight LH1128 is a routine scheduled flight between Frankfurt and Barcelona.

The aircraft involved the incident is registered as D-AIDB.

As per data from Planespotters.net, D-AIDB is a 13.3 year old Airbus A321-200 that was delivered to the airline in December 2010.

Furthermore, of the A321-200 variant, Lufthansa has 37 of them in the fleet.

Within the 37, 35 are in active service and two are parked, hosting an average age of 15.2 years.

LH1128 departed Frankfurt at 1350 local time on March 24 and proceeded down to Barcelona.

Upon reaching the Lyon area, the aircraft made a u-turn back to FRA amid a problem onboard.

After around two hours in flight, the aircraft landed back into Frankfurt without further incident.

Furthermore, reporting from The Aviation Herald states that there was an “oily odor in the cockpit”.

It is understood that there was no maintenance available in Barcelona, hence the u-turn back to Frankfurt.

D-AIDB Remains Grounded Since The Incident…


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Data from RadarBox shows that D-AIDB has not performed another commercial flight since the incident.

At this stage, it is unclear how long it will take for the aircraft to be fixed in Frankfurt.

It is understood that a replacement Airbus A321 took the affected passengers to Barcelona safely.

But for now, let’s see how long it takes D-AIDB to get fixed and ultimately return to commercial service.

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