Uzbekistan Airways A320 Returns to Tashkent: Pressurization Problem

An Uzbekistan Airways A320 on the taxiway.
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An Uzbekistan Airways flight operating from Tashkent to Astana, Kazakhstan made a precautionary return to Tashkent after a cabin pressurisation problem on 19 June 2024.

Uzbekistan Airways flight HY721, an Airbus A320-200, had made its departure from Tashkent runway 08R.

Uzbekistan Airways HY721 Tashkent-Astana

Flight track of Uzbekistan Airways flight HY721 showing return to Tashkent.

During the initial claim after departure, flight crew encountered problems with the aircraft cabin pressurization system.

As a result, the climb procedure was terminated and a direct return to the origin airport was negotiated.

Furthermore, the flight subsequently landed without further incident less than 30 minutes after its initial departure.

Flight track of Uzbekistan Airways flight HY721 showing return to Tashkent.

Flight Details

Flight data shows that flight HY721 made an on-time departure out of Tashkent international airport (TAS) at 1359 local time.

The flight crew then terminated the climb procedure at 6000 feet shortly after departure. The aircraft was then manoeuvred for a direct return to the departure runway.

Moreover, the flight did not declare a formal emergency and the subsequent return was made under normal operating procedures.

An Uzbekistan Airways A320 on the taxiway.

The aircraft conducting the HY721 service to Astana international airport (NQZ) was an Airbus A320-200, registered UK32017.

This is a 13.3 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier Uzbekistan Airways. It has been in operational service with the national carrier since its initial delivery in April 2011.

Uzbekistan Airways is the flag carrier of Uzbekistan, headquartered in Tashkent. Founded in 1992, it is the country’s national airline.

It operates flights to over 60 destinations in 22 countries, including Europe, Asia, and North America. Their main hub is at Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport.

Tashkent International Airport, also known as Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport (after the first president of Uzbekistan), is the main international airport serving Uzbekistan.

Some interesting facts about Uzbekistan Airways:

  • It is not part of any major airline alliance.
  • It codeshares with several other airlines, including airBaltic, Air India, Czech Airlines, Korean Air, and Malaysia Airlines.
  • The carrier’s frequent flyer program is called Uz Air Plus.

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