Event Details

Title:Bleed faults, Airbus A320-231, G-MEDA, 9 November 2001
Micro summary:After both engines on this A320 produced bleed faults, the crew decided to divert.
Event Time:2001-11-09 at 0852 UTC
File Name:2001-11-09-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/A2001/11/01
Diversion Airport:Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino), Fiumicino, Italy (Diversion)
Site of event:Climb
Departure:El Nhouza Airport, Alexandria, Egypt
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A320-231
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):British Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino), Fiumicino, Italy (Diversion)
Executive Summary:The aircraft departed from Alexandria at 0717 hrs and 3 minutes later during the climb a No 1 engine valve failure was annunciated to the crew via the Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) as an AIR ENG 1 BLEED FAULT warning message. The No 1 engine bleed valve would not re-open so the crew continued the flight with No 2 engine bleed supplying both air conditioning packs. At approximately 0845 hrs the No 2 engine HP bleed valve started to cycle between the open and closed positions but appeared to stop cycling after about five minutes. At 0852 hrs, however, an ECAM warning AIR ENG 2 BLEED FAULT was annunciated to the crew. The crew declared an emergency and began an emergency descent to FL100. The cabin crew were advised and during the descent the APU was started. The passenger oxygen masks deployed however as the cabin altitude increased to approximately 12,000 feet. A diversion to Brindisi was initiated but after discussion with the company the aircraft diverted to Rome.
Learning Keywords:Systems - Pneumatics
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