S7 Airbus A320 Returns To Moscow After Bird Strike And Engine Vibrations

An S7 Siberia Airlines flight was forced to return to Moscow Domodedovo Airport yesterday after experiencing a bird…

S7 Airbus A320 Returns To Moscow After Bird Strike And Engine Vibrations

An S7 Siberia Airlines flight was forced to return to Moscow Domodedovo Airport yesterday after experiencing a bird strike while climbing after takeoff. The crew of the Dalaman bound flight decided to return to Moscow after an engine began to vibrate.

An S7 A320 had to return to Moscow after a bird strike. Photo: Getty Images

S7 Bird strike causes engine vibrations

As reported by The Aviation Herald, on Friday, September 11, an S7 Siberian Airlines Airbus A320-200 that was operating flight S7-3745 from Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) to Dalaman Airport (DLM) in Turkey experienced a bird strike. The strike happened shortly after the seven-year-old A320, registration VP-BOJ, took off from runway 32R.

As the aircraft was climbing, the crew reported that one of the CFM56 engines had begun to vibrate. They decided to stop the climb at 9,000 feet and return to Domodedovo Airport, where the aircraft landed safely on runway 32L around 40 minutes after having taken off. An A320-200, registration VQ-BRD replaced the plane, and the flight finally arrived in Dalaman with a 3.5-hour delay.

S7 A320 returns to Moscow
A bird strike forced the S7 flight to return to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Photo: Flightradar24

Recent S7 incidents

Yesterday’s bird strike isn’t the only incident to have involved S7 Siberia Airlines recently. Last month, S7 made international headlines when the Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, was taken seriously ill on an S7 Boeing 737 flight from Tomsk to Moscow. Mr. Navalny had been the victim of suspected novichok poisoning that is thought to have been intended to kill him. However, he emerged from a coma last week and is recovering in hospital.

On a lighter note, on August 17, as an S7 A320neo flying across Russia from Novosibirsk to Magadan was on its final approach, a large bear was spotted on the runway. Fortunately, the crew saw the bear in time and initiated a go-around. The aircraft landed safely.

In July this year, an S7 A320 lost separation from an Emirates Boeing 777 near Rostov. The aircraft were on a collision course and, at one point, had a horizontal separation of 3.8 nautical miles and a vertical separation of just 500 feet. As the crews implemented emergency procedures, an air traffic controller activated a short-term collision alert. Russia’s Southern Transport Prosecution Office initiated an investigation into the near-miss.

In yet another incident in January this year, the engine of an S7 A321 caught fire shortly before taking off from Novosibirsk on a flight to Vietnam. The crew was able to activate the fire-extinguishing system and take the aircraft back to its parking lot. Nobody was injured and the passengers resumed their journey in a replacement aircraft after a 12-hour delay.

S7 is Russia’s largest domestic airline. Photo: Getty Images

About S7 Siberia Airlines

S7 Siberia Airlines is Russia’s largest domestic airline and has been a oneworld alliance member since 2010. According to Planespotters.net, the carrier currently operates a fleet of 104 aircraft comprised of 12 Airbus A319s, 42 A320s, 11 A321s, 22 Boeing 737s, and 17 Embraer ERJ-170s. The average age of the fleet is 9.7 years.

The airline has its main hub at Moscow Domodedovo Airport, and others at Irkutsk and Novosibirsk. S7 flies to around 150 domestic and international destinations, including Iceland, the UAE, Thailand, and Japan.

Do you have experience of flying with S7 Siberia Airlines? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

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FAA Supports The Extension Of Slot Waivers Through March 2021

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shared that it favors the extension of temporary waivers of minimum flight…

FAA Supports The Extension Of Slot Waivers Through March 2021

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shared that it favors the extension of temporary waivers of minimum flight requirements at some airports in the US until late March next year. This move would be in place amid the impact of the global health crisis.

The FAA is showing its support regarding airport waiver extensions in the United States. Photo: Getty Images

Still a challenging time

As the COVID-19 outbreak escalated in March of this year, flight activity plummeted. The situation forced airlines to perform ghost flights so that they would not lose their airport slots. However, aviation authorities soon suspended the “lose it or lose it” rule, which significantly helped many operators survive the harsh conditions brought on this year.

Earlier this summer, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on authorities across the globe to extend airport slot waivers. Many bodies in the aviation industry wouldn’t have expected the impact of the pandemic to be still so significant.

However, with several countries still trying to get on top of the situation, flight activity is still a shadow of what it was at the beginning of the year. Altogether, bookings have been down approximately 82% year-on-year compared to last summer.

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US airports are much quieter than usual this year. Photo: Getty Images

Plans in place

Ultimately, carriers can lose their slots at congested airports if they do not use them at least 80% of the time. According to Reuters, the US’ aviation authority shared that it proposed extending temporary waivers of the requirements at JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York, along with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. These waivers were set to expire next month.

Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend credits to airlines for services canceled due to coronavirus at Chicago O’Hare, Newark, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. However, the body said that it plans to impose some conditions on the waivers. Notably, it feels that slots that not in use for lengthy periods should temporarily be available to other carriers.

As reported by Reuters, the FAA said the following about its proposal:

“[It] reflects a delicate balancing of the competing interests of carriers interested in conducting ad hoc operations… against the interests of incumbent carriers seeking maximum flexibility in making scheduling and operational decisions in an uncertain environment with ongoing COVID-19-related impacts.”

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The extensions would help several US airlines. Photo: Getty Images

Opinion divided

However, not all carriers are in favor of an extension to waivers. For instance, Spirit Airlines states that public policy should be directed toward enabling the free market to reallocate the use of these slots. Ultimately, the low-cost carrier feels that travelers would receive greater choice among services in key markets.

Nonetheless, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, and United Airlines all last week urged the group to extend relief. So, there are still many carriers that are welcoming of this initiative.

What are your thoughts about the Federal Aviation Administration supporting the extension of slot waivers? Do you feel that this move would benefit airlines amid the current climate? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.

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