Hapag-Lloyd Flight 3378
Flight 3378 after landing short of Vienna International Airport.
|Date||12 July 2000|
|Summary||Fuel exhaustion due to maintenance error, pilot error|
|Aircraft type||Airbus A310-304|
Hapag-Lloyd Flight 3378 (HF-3378), registered as D-AHLB, was a commercial Hapag-Lloyd Flug Airbus A310-304 flight, on 12 July 2000. It was carrying 143 passengers and 8 crew members from Chania, Greece to Hannover, Germany.
The flight departed at 10:59, after which it was noticed that it was not possible to retract the landing gear fully. Using the Flight Management System (FMS), the crew estimated the aircraft's fuel consumption and the captain decided to shorten the flight and land in Munich. There was not sufficient fuel to reach Munich, however, as the FMS was not designed to take into account the extra drag produced by a half-raised landing gear. After an alarm at 12:49 informed the crew that there was only 1.3 metric tons of jet fuel left in the tanks, the pilot quickly redirected the flight to Vienna, 120 nm (220 km) distant, although Zagreb was closer at 40 nm (75 km). The aircraft ran out of fuel twenty kilometers (12.4 miles) before Vienna and the crew were left to glide the jet towards the runway. It touched down 500 meters (1,640 feet) short, striking airport equipment, spinning 120 degrees, and coming to rest off the runway. Some of the passengers were injured, although none seriously. The aircraft was written off due to the severe damage caused to the underside of the fuselage.
- Federal Office for Transport
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