Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Plane headed to Yekaterinburg rerouted after gear won't retract

A Rossiya Airbus A320-200 had to return to Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg after its gear would not fully retract after takeoff on Friday, Jan. 20.

After leaving runway 10R at Pulkovo on their way to Yekaterinburg, the crew received an indication that the gear had not been pulled back. They were able to level off at 7,000 feet and land safely 20 minutes after departure, AVHerald.com reports.

Passengers were then transferred to another Airbus A320-200 and arrived in Ekaterinburg after a 2.5 hour delay.

In May, an Airbus A320-200 flying from St. Petersburg to Zakinthos, Greece, had to return to Pulkovo Airport after a the crew detected a hydraulic leak about 200 nautical miles south of St. Petersburg, according to AVHerald.com.

The plane burned off fuel and landed safely on runway 28L about two hours after the decision to return.

In November, an investigation commission determined that the hydraulic leak in the green hydraulic system was the result of a manufacturing defect. A pipe clamp's metal wall had been ground down by its Teflon sleeve insert, causing the hydraulic line to the thrust reverser system to leak hydraulic fluid.