On October 23, a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A321 made a precautionary diversion to Barcelona, whilst enroute to Lisbon, Portugal after experiencing a problem with one engine in-flight.
TAP Air Portugal flight TP823 Milan – Lisbon
TAP Air Portugal flight TP823, an Airbus A321-200 operating from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Lisbon Airport (LIS), experienced a failure with one engine whilst in the cruise to the south-west of Barcelona.
Data shows that the aircraft then initiated a ‘drift down’ descent procedure from FL370, and made a precautionary diversion to Barcelona where it landed approximately one hour later.
The flight had departed normally from Milan MXP, at 17:47 CEST before climbing to a cruising altitude of FL370 (37,000 feet) for the north-easterly flight to Lisbon (LIS).
The aircraft operating the flight was an Airbus A321-200 registered CS-TJL; a four-year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier TAP Air Portugal. According to Planespotters data, the LEAP engine powered A321neo was originally delivered to the carrier in December 2018.
TAP Air Portugal (Portuguese: Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A.) is the flag carrier of Portugal. It is headquartered at Lisbon Airport, which also serves as its hub. TAP is a member of the Star Alliance.
TAP operates a fleet of over 70 Airbus and Embraer aircraft to over 90 destinations in 34 countries worldwide, including Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.
A replacement aircraft, A321-200 registered CS-TJL was subsequently deployed to Barcelona to resume the flight service. It departed BCN for the onwards flight on the morning of October 24 at 04:05 CEST.
CS-TJK has subsequently been returned to service and is currently back on commercial flight operations.