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Air Austral Plane Makes Emergency Landing due to Hydraulic Leak

471px-Air_Austral_logo.svgAir Austral flight U-612 made an emergency landing in Saint Denis, located in the French overseas region of Reunion, on November 7.

The Avions de Transport Regional jet was flying from Antananarivo, Madagascar, when the crew declared emergency due to a hydraulic leak.

The plane landed uneventfully.

Everyone aboard remained unhurt.

New Boeing 737-800 Needs Electrical Work

Pictured: Air Austral F-ONGA. F-ONGB is the plane that had the electrical problem.
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Contact photographer Mickael Payet

What: Air Austral Boeing 737-800 from Saint Denis to Johannesburg
Where: Saint Denis
When: Feb 27th 2011
Why: After take-off from Saint Denis, the plane developed an electrical problem and had to return to the airport. An alternative plane was flown in to make the replacement flight.

Air Austral Boeing was delivered in December 2010.

Comoros: Crash Averted

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Contact photographer Sam Chui

What: Yemenia Airbus A330-200 en route from Djibouti to Moroni Comoros
Air Austral Boeing 777-200 en route from Lyon to Saint Denis
Where: Moroni, Comoros
When: Aug 24 2010
Who: 350 passengers aboard the Boeing
Why: Both flights were in the air, the Airbus flying at a higher altitude. The Airbus unexpectedly descended without ATC clearance.

The Boeing received a TCAS resolution advisory, to which they immediately responded, averting a collision.

George’s Point of View

I am reminded of the sad and tragic events of June 30, 2009, when Air Yemenia failed to make a safe landing and killed everyone aboard but Bahia Bakari.

Confusion again reigns in Moroni, Comoros airspace. I am grateful for the successful TCAS resolution/response. Apologies if the date is in error, as we find different dates published for this averted catastrophe.


Brakes, Brakes, Whose Got the Brakes? (Not Air Austral…)

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Contact photographer Carlos De Oliveira
What: Air Austral Boeing 777-200 en route from Saint Denis to Dzaoudzi
Where: Saint Denis (2x)
When: May 8th 2009
Why: When there was a problem with the brakes, the plane returned to Saint Denis twice for repairs, before the flight was ultimately cancelled

George’s Point of View

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