Lufthansa A350 Munich-Osaka Suffers Hydraulic Issues

Lufthansa A350 Munich-Osaka Suffers Hydraulic Issues
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Last weekend, a Lufthansa Airbus A350 flying between Munich and Osaka suffered hydraulic issues, prompting a u-turn back to the German airport.

Information has been released pertinent to this incident.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Lufthansa Flight LH742 – Munich to Osaka…

Lufthansa A350 Munich-Osaka Suffers Hydraulic Issues
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Lufthansa A350 Munich-Osaka Suffers Hydraulic Issues
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Lufthansa flight LH742 is a routine scheduled flight between Munich and Osaka.

The aircraft involved in the incident is registered as D-AIXC.

As per data from, D-AIXC is a 7.2 year old Airbus A350-900 that was delivered to the airline in March 2017.

Furthermore, of the A350-900 variant, LH has 24 of them in the fleet.

Of that 24, all but two are in active service, offering an average fleet age of 5.3 years.

Lufthansa flight LH742 departed Munich at 1211 local time on May 18 and climbed east towards Osaka.

However, over Romanian airspace, the aircraft commenced a u-turn and proceeded to return to the German airport.

After around three hours and five minutes in the air, the Airbus A350 landed safely back into Munich.

The aircraft did not squawk the 7700 emergency code at any point during this u-turn.

Following the incident, the flight was cancelled, with D-AIXJ, another A350, operating the flight to Osaka the next day.

As per The Aviation Herald, it is understood the issue with D-AIXC was hydraulic-related.

According to the safety outlet, once the aircraft vacated the runway, it came to a stand-still and required a tow to the apron.

Aircraft Grounded for Two Days…

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Data from RadarBox shows that D-AIXC was grounded for two days following the incident on LH742 Munich-Osaka.

The aircraft re-entered service yesterday (May 20) and operated the LH726 service to Shanghai.

With that in mind, it is clear that the hydraulic issues onboard the aircraft have been fixed.

All eyes will be on the next few flights after the Shanghai rotation to see if the solution holds up.

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