SWISS 777 Zurich-Los Angeles Suffers Generator Failure

SWISS 777 Zurich-Los Angeles Suffers Generator Failure
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Last Friday, a SWISS Boeing 777 operating a flight between Zurich and Los Angeles suffered a generator failure, prompting a swift return.

Incident: SWISS 777 Zurich-Los Angeles Suffers Generator Failure…

SWISS 777 Zurich-Los Angeles Suffers Generator Failure
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SWISS flight LX40 is a routine scheduled flight between Zurich and Los Angeles, with the affected rotation being operated by HB-JNB.

As per data from, HB-JNB is a 8.0 year old Boeing 777-300ER that was delivered to the airline back in March 2016.

Of the 777-300ER variant, the airline has 12 of them in the fleet, of which all of them are in active service and hold an average fleet age of 6.8 years.

SWISS flight LX40 departed Zurich at 1348 local time on February 16 and initially climbed out in the direction of Los Angeles.

As per reporting from The Aviation Herald, during the climb out to cruising altitude, the aircraft suffered a generator failure onboard the aircraft.

With this meaning it was unsafe to continue, the aircraft opted to return to the airport, and began dumping fuel to get to the suitable landing weight.

Around 70 minutes after departure from Zurich, the SWISS Boeing 777-300ER originally bound for LAX, landed safely back into the airport.

HB-JNB remained grounded for around 6-8 hours, before the issue was fixed and was then assigned onto the Johannesburg rotation.

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