Air Astana Reports On Over 30 Aviation Incidents In 2016

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In 2016, the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, Air Astana, made about 30 reports on serious events that occurred with its aircraft,  Sergei Makarenko, senior manager for compliance with safety standards for maintenance and maintaining the airworthiness, Air Astana, said during a meeting with journalists, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

“There is a corporate reliability program, there is a group of engineers for each type of aircraft. They conduct an analysis of all defects. According to the results of monthly meetings, the events are planned. If monitoring confirms unfavourable trends, then the frequency of maintenance increases, the units are replaced with more reliable ones, and so on. Pilots, technicians and engineers should report on the most serious defects using the so-called internal system of reports. Also, the most serious events are reported to the authorities. Over the past year, there have been up to 30 such reports directed to the Civil Aviation Committee”, Mr. Makarenko said.

Also, the engineer added that 35 incidents occurred for various reasons, most often related with a clash with birds. “These are things that do not depend on the airline”, he said.

 “More cases of collisions with birds were in Almaty in 2015. Now there are fewer such facts. There were dumps around the airport, over which flocks of birds were flying. Together with the leadership of the airport and the City Mayor’s Office, the problem has been resolved, and in 2016, the situation has improved in Almaty”, Mr. Makarenko added.

Recall, on March 5, 2017, the Air Astana’s plane was flying along the Almaty – Uralskdomestic air route and gave a distress signal. The crew decided then to land in Aktobe.

In a couple of days, the plane of flight #KS672 was flying en route Astana – Almaty and made an emergency landing in Almaty due to the failure of one of the engines.

On March 8, 2017 the domestic flight #KC877 was operating en route Almaty – Atyrau and there was a failure of navigation equipment. At 09:15 am local time, the crew decided to return to the airport of departure. The A-321 liner safely landed at 09:47 am. There were 97 passengers and 10 crew members on board the aircraft.