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Gulf Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Bahrain

Gulf Air flight GF-19 had to return and make an emergency landing in Bahrain, on January 24th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane took off for Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, but had to turn back due to an issue with the slats.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Gulf Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Peshawar, Pakistan

Gulf Air flight GF-784 made an emergency landing in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 4th.

The Airbus A330-200 plane flying from Bahrain was on approach to Peshawar when the crew reported an issue with the brakes.

The plane landed safely and was towed to the apron. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Gulf Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Bahrain

Gulf Air flight GF-506 had to return for an emergency landing in Bahrain, on March 9th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane took off for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, but had to return shortly afterwards after the first officer reported feeling unwell.

The plane landed back safely. The first officer was shifted to hospital.

Gulf Air Plane Returns to Manila Airport due to Smoke in Cabin

Gulf airGulf Air flight 155 had to make an emergency landing at Manila Airport in the Philippines, on August 5th.

The plane was heading to Bahrain when the crew noticed smoke in the cabin and decided to turn back for an emergency landing.

The plane landed safely. All 307 passengers and 12 crew members remained safe.

Gulf Air Plane Diverts to Mumbai after Hitting Turbulence

Gulf Air flight GF-155 made an emergency landing in Mumbai, India, on May 27th.

The Airbus A330-200, en-route from Manila, Philippines, to Bahrain, was diverted after it was hit by severe turbulence that injured several passengers and crew members.

The plane landed uneventfully. One person was taken to hospital with head wounds.

The flight was carrying 247 passengers at the time.

Gulf Air Plane Makes Emergency Landing at London Heathrow Airport

Gulf airGulf Air flight GF003 made an emergency landing at London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom, on December 13.

Authorities said the pilots of the Airbus 330, flying from Bahrain, declared an emergency after the aircraft developed some technical issues that led to a drop in cabin pressure.

The plane landed safely. All 89 passengers aboard remained unhurt.

The airline said in a statement, “The safety, protection and comfort of our passengers and employees are of utmost importance and Gulf Air crew are trained to handle such incidents, as evidenced by the level of professionalism shown by both the pilots and cabin crew as well as all of our teams on the ground.”

Gulf Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing as Indian Infant Dies Onboard

Gulf airA Gulf Air flight had to make an emergency landing at Abu Dhabi airport, UAE, on the morning of March 2.

The flight, en-route from Kochi to Bahrain, was diverted after an 11-month-old child fell sick.

Medics were put on alert at the airport, however, the child had already died when the plane landed. Her body was shifted to Shaikh Khalifa Medical City.

The child, identified as Rishi Priya, of India, was travelling with her mother Aswani Binoy. Her relatives said she had mild fever when she boarded the plane.

DGCA Gulf Air Landing Examined

What: Gulf Air Airbus A320-200 en route from Bahrain to Kochi, India
Where: Kochi
When: Aug 28th 2011, 3.55 am
Who: 137 passengers and 6 crew, 8 injuries
Why: In examining this August incident, after doing some runway testing, the DGCA is blaming the accident on a slick runway.

However defects have been found in the plane’s front wheel. And the statement of the DCGA’s opinion also mentions pilot error. So they have released a statement combining pilot error, plane flaws and a bad runway as being behind the runway excursion.

Can a pilot land on a slick runway? What exactly was the pilot’s error in this situation? Does the entire runway have the identical friction coefficient or just the area tested? Runway friction is also going to be affected by the condition of the tires; what was the condition of the tire before it blew? Inquiring minds want to know.

Airport testing at Cochin airport revealed airport friction level.

A C K Nair, director of the Cochin airport made the following defensive statement:

“As per the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) norms the friction coefficients of the runways should not go below 0.34, while the value was 0.61 to 0.86 till recently. On the day of the mishap the average value was hovering between 0.52 and 0.84. The value at the spot where the ill-fated aircraft touched the runway was 0.75 to 0.85. We did another test on September 3 and the value was above 0.5.’

Read More about Gulf Air Airbus Skids into Mud On landing in Kochi

Gulf Air Airbus Skids into Mud On landing in Kochi.

What: Gulf Air Airbus A320-200 en route from Bahrain to Kochi, India
Where: Kochi
When: Aug 28th 2011, 3.55 am
Who: 137 passengers and 6 crew, 8 injuries
Why: On landing in gusty wind and severe rain at Cochin International Airport, the plane skidded to the right and slid ten meters from the pavement into mud. The nose was damaged, and according to some reports, interfered with the operation of the slides; some slides were brought to the plane. Those who were injured were the ones who jumped. Said Muhamad, 47, sustained a fractured right ankle, left rib and left elbow and is recovering at Little Flower Hospital.

One report says flight 270 hit an air pocket and overshot (or landed too far down) the runway. It may have been simple turbulence.The approach appears to have been too fast on the slick runway. No mention has been made of the runway surface, or if the runway had been resurfaced.

According to Said Muhamad, the flight crew apparently did not adequately direct passengers, or explain what was going on, which may be why he did not wait for slides, and just jumped off the plane.

The Metars:
VOCI 282300Z 00000KT 4000 HZ FEW005 SCT015 OVC080 26/24 Q1008 NOSIG
VOCI 282130Z 29005KT 3000 HZ SCT010 SCT080 26/24 Q1008 NOSIG

Passengers disembarked quickly after it appeared (to them) that the pilot had lost control. Evacuation occurred promptly, after “Mayday!” “Evacuation!” was shouted in the plane’s cabin.

Reports conflict as to the success of the emergency slides which did not apparently deploy perfectly, and some people jumped from the plane. There were 8 injured, one with extreme fractures.

Evacuation was reported to be in more than twenty seconds. (though I interpret that to mean that the evacuation began within twenty seconds of landing—one can hardly picture 137 passengers and six crew members making it out of a disabled plane within twenty seconds.)

The interior of the plane smelled like some kind of fumes, and the pilot was described as being in shock.

Although the English video says otherwise, the flight originated In Bahrain, and landed in Kochi.

Body Found on Gulf Air Flight

What: Gulf Air Airbus A330-200 en route from Bahrain to Manila
Where: Manila
When: Oct 20th 2010
Why: Prior to landing in Manila, a Filipino electrician, Marlon Cueva, 36, of Lubang Island, Mindoro Occidental, who had been working in Abu Dhabi for three months was found with a cord around his neck in the lavatory. The news is reporting this alternately as a murder or a suicide. Although news reports say he was found inside the toilet at the rear of the plane by a flight steward after landing, other reports say the discovery was called in thirty minutes before landing. His wife and relatives were waiting at the airport for the plane to arrive, and they say there was no reason for him to commit suicide. Police are investigating if this could be a murder.

Infant Abandoned on Gulf Air Flight to Manila

What: Gulf Air Airbus A330-200 en route from Bahrain Bahrain to Manila
Where: Manila, Philippines
When: Sep 12 2010
Who: abandoned infant
Why: After passengers had exited, a six pound, nine ounce newborn boy was found in the lavatory. Doctors say the infant looks healthy and normal. Airport and medical staff fed, warmed, and took care of the infant, and collected money for clothes before social welfare took him.

A female passenger left behind a seat that was bloodstained; a search is being made for her. Speculation is that baby and mother are Filipino. The infant was tentatively named George Francis after the Gulf Air’s flight code.

Until we walk in someone’s shoes, we know little of what has happened nor why. I find the actions of the mother incomprehensible–which only makes it seem more obvious to me that she was probably not in her right mind and suffering some kind of distress.

Is it hypocritical of us to hope for compassion, discretion and kindness when we’re writing about this event? All that I can say is that I hope for the best possible outcome for both mother—who is surely in need of medical care—and child.

Gulf Air Flight Diverts to Beirut

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Contact photographer Akin Diler

What: Gulf Air Airbus A319-100 en route from Athens Greece to Bahrain
Where: Beirut Lebanon Rafik Hariri International Airport
When: Jul 20th 2010
Who: 101 passengers
Why: While en route at an altitude of 36000 feet, the plane developed a crack in the right windshield and diverted to Bahrain. They made a safe landing at 9:43 pm. Passengers are expecting at least a 24 hour delay.

Gulf Air Encounters Turbulence

Pictured: A Gulf Air Airbus A330-243 over London
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Contact photographer Michael eaton

What: Gulf Air Airbus 330 en route from Bahrain to the Philippines
Where: en route over Vietnam
When: July 12, 2010
Who: ten injured: seven passengers and three cabin crew
Why: While en route, the plane encountered what the crew described as “air pockets,” resulting in turbulence that jolted the plane. Some individuals were tossed out of their seats; others suffered contusions. Those injured were hospitalized on landing in the Philippines.

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