A ITA Airways Airbus A319 operating a flight between Milan Linate and Reggio Calabria suffered an engine failure in-flight, prompting a diversion to Rome.
Incident: Rome Diversion: ITA Milan-Reggio Calabria Suffers Engine Failure…
ITA flight AZ1197 is a routine scheduled flight between Milan Linate and Reggio Calabria, with the affected rotation being operated by EI-IML.
As per data from Planespotters.net, EI-IML is a 19.8 year old Airbus A319-100 that started out life under the Alitalia name back in March 2004 as I-BIML.
In December 2010, the aircraft was re-registered as EI-IML, and was transferred to the ITA Airways name in October 2021 following Alitalia becoming defunct.
Of the A319-100 variant, the Italian carrier has 16 of them, of which 15 are in active service and one is parked, hosting an average age of 16.7 years.
As per The Aviation Herald, flight AZ1197 from Milan Linate suffered heavy turbulence whilst at a cruise altitude of 37,000 feet.
Such turbulence caused one of it’s engines to fail, which resulted in the crew having to shut the engine down completely and make a diversion towards Rome Fiumicino.
Around 25 minutes after taking that decision, EI-IML landed safely into Rome Fiumicino Airport, and was later grounded due to this failure.
At the time of writing (06/11/23 @ 1000 UK time), EI-IML has still not been back in the air, whilst technicians assess the damage to the engine and attempt to fix it.
All eyes will be on when the aircraft is able to return back to commercial service.
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