LONDON – Two days ago, there was chaos in the cabin of an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A330 as AR1303 from Miami to Buenos Aires suffered major turbulence.
According to sources, 15 people acquired minor injuries, with eight of them being taken to the hospital as a result.
Below, you can see photos of the chaos itself, with the photo credit unknown at this time:
AR1303 was operated by LV-FNK, one of Aerolineas Argentina’s Airbus A330-223 aircraft.
According to data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft is 22.1 years old at the time of writing this piece and has had quite a life in service.
The aircraft was delivered to Air Afrique in September 2000 but didn’t remain with the carrier long as it was seized by the lessor at Paris Charles de Gaulle in October 2001.
From there, it was returned to ILFC and retired in February 2002, holding the registration, EI-CXF.
By September 2002, the aircraft was bought out of service and sent to Eurofly and remained with the carrier until May 2009. In March 2009, during such ownership, the aircraft was painted in a Saudi Arabian Airlines color scheme.
May 2009 saw the aircraft transferred over to AtlasJet, where it only remained with the carrier for a month before heading over to Saudi Arabian Airlines on a wet lease, hence the Saudi color schemes.
The aircraft was sent back to AtlasJet in April 2011 and only remained with the carrier again until September 2011, when it was sent back to Saudi Arabian Airlines. The jet only remained there for two months before being retired once again by ILFC in December 2011.
EI-CXF was then kept with ILFC from July 2012 until November 2013 to allow aircraft maintenance at Lourdes Airport. November 2013 was when Aerolineas Argentinas took the aircraft, and it has been in the fleet since.
More notably, the aircraft was withdrawn from use on August 7 and was sent to Marana Pinal Airpark on October 1, so the aircraft has returned to service quite recently.
This is a developing story.