Flight incident 0B9301 Blue Air Bucharest - Barcelona via Cluj: Blue Air press release

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Update 18: 55:

"Following today's incident in Cluj, we would like to specify that all passengers scheduled for flight 0B9301 on the route Otopeni - Cluj - Barcelona have reached their final destination. Once again we thank them for the understanding and cooperation shown during today. We would like to mention that the schedule of no other Blue Air flight scheduled to date has been affected by this incident.

From the data we have at the moment, the factual situation has proceeded as follows:
- The Boeing 737 400 series YR-BAS aircraft took off from Bucharest at 07:05 according to the flight schedule to Barcelona via Cluj. There were 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board, and another 45 passengers will be boarded from Cluj.
- Arriving near Cluj airport, in accordance with the standard approach and landing procedures, the commander of the plane contacted the traffic management service of Cluj airport, receiving information that the runway is being snowed and being instructed to enter the procedure of waiting until the runway reopens at 07:50. The crew followed these instructions and started the waiting procedure, and will receive new information from the traffic controllers of Cluj airport.
- During the holding procedure, the commander also assessed the possibility of landing at one of the 2 reserve airports, informing himself about the weather conditions.
- At 07:51, in accordance with the instructions previously received, the crew recontacted the traffic management body from which it received the authorization to approach and land at Cluj airport.
- The plane made contact with the ground at 08:00. The commander noticed during the deceleration procedure that the adhesion to the ground is not in accordance with the information received before the landing approval, the plane skidding and leaving the runway surface by about 10m.

The landing procedure was carried out in accordance with the operational rules of the aircraft manufacturer and of the company, norms approved by the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority, based on the weather bulletins transmitted by the Romatsa controllers and issued by the Cluj Airport. According to these bulletins, the braking on the surface of the runway was average to good, which allowed safe landing.
Regarding speculations that appeared during the day, we want to clarify the official position of Blue Air. The plane took off from Otopeni fueled with sufficient fuel to carry out the flight mission, to be able to fly over a limited time to the destination airport and to reach a reserve airport with at least the legal minimum fuel reserve. The amount of fuel remaining on board the aircraft after landing in Cluj was 3000 Kg. Please note that at no time during the flight did the crew request the emergency landing due to lack of fuel or any other reason.
In these circumstances, we ask the general director of the Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj, Mr. David CICEO, to withdraw his erroneous and incriminating statements against Blue Air and to apologize for deliberately misinforming the public and Blue Air passengers.
At the moment, there is an investigation opened by the Center for Investigations and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety under the Ministry of Transport and insofar as conclusions appear, we will communicate them to the public. "

At 11 time: 30, Blue Air issued a press release regarding the incident in Cluj, in which the aircraft was involved Boeing 737-400 (YR-BAS). There were 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The plane was not stopped on the runway, leaving in the scenery about 10 meters. No casualties were recorded and an investigation was initiated by the authorities. Below is the Blue Air position:

Posted by Catherine Cata on Thursday, January 7, 2016

"At 08:00 the Blue air plane landed on the runway of Avram Iancu International Airport in Cluj.
In the final braking phase of the landing procedure, the aircraft commander noted that the grip on the landing strip is not large enough to allow the landing to stop within the runway, the plane sliding about 10m off the runway.

According to the weather report sent by Romatsa (information taken from the Cluj airport representatives) at 07: 30 the braking on the runway was average to good with snow deposits. Under these conditions, according to the aircraft's operating handle, landing and braking can be done safely. After landing, a new weather bulletin was issued, the bulletin in which the weather conditions described were: covering up to 100% of the surface of the track with wet snow and average braking conditions.

In order to eliminate speculation about the fuel existing on board the aircraft, we would like to mention that there is sufficient fuel at the time of landing in accordance with the regulations in force and we firmly reject the claims that there was an emergency landing caused by the lack of fuel. We reinforce this by the fact that at no time did the commander request the emergency landing.

Regarding the 110 passengers who came from Bucharest together with the 45 passengers who were to embark from Cluj, these being transferred at this moment to Sibiu from where another aircraft of the company will take them and transport them to Barcelona . All passengers were provided with food and drink during the waiting period. "

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