Lufthansa A321: Suspected Bleed Air Leak Near Rome

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A Lufthansa flight operating from Munich to Lamezia, Italy diverted to Rome due to a technical issue on 1 June 2024.

Lufthansa flight LH1902 was en route to Lamezia Terme International Airport (SUF) when flight crew detected a potential problem in the right-hand engine.

Lufthansa LH1902 Munich-Lamezia

Flight track of Lufthansa flight LH1902, showing diversion to Rome

According to a passenger report, per the online source Aviation Herald, the captain advised a potential leak in the hot air bleed system from the engine.

Bleed air is filtered via duct into the aircraft cabin air conditioning system. Both engine and system reportedly appeared to be working normally. As a precaution, flight crew decided to carry out a diversion to nearby Rome.

The aircraft subsequently took up a diversion and descent for Rome Fiumicino airport as the aircraft passed to the east of Rome.

Flight track of Lufthansa flight LH1902, showing diversion to Rome

An inspection of the engine by maintenance staff was carried out after landing at Rome. The inspction revealed the fault as being a defective sensor unit.

Following this the flight was able to continue to the destination of Lamezia. This took place after a ground delay of just over two hours.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that flight LH1902 had departed Munich International Airport (MUC) at 0916 local time on 1 June. The flight then set course normally, climbing to flight level FL350 (35,000 feet) for the southerly route to Italy.

The diversion was then effected from the cruise at approximately 0820 UTC, approximately an hour after departure.

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The aircraft conducting the service to Tamezia (SUF) was an Airbus A321-200, registered D-AISD. This is a 24.3-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the national carrier Lufthansa.

It has been an operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in May 2000.

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