An Airbus A320 AirAsia exited the runway of Brunei International Airport

An Airbus A320 AirAsia exited the runway of Brunei International Airport

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During this day, an aircraft Airbus A320 (9M-AQA) AirAsia (Malaysia's low-cost airline) departed from the runway of Brunei International Airport. The incident happened around 15: 30, local time. The plane operated AK278 flight on the route Kuala Lumpur - Bandar Seri Begawan and had 109 passengers on board. There were no casualties, only minor injuries during the emergency evacuation.

(source photo: Twitter)

The unfortunate event was put on account of adverse weather conditions. After landing, the plane left the runway and stopped in the grassy area, with the wheels locked in the ground.

Weather conditions at the time of the incident:

WBSB 070700Z 28011KT 8000 VCSH SCT016 FEW017CB BKN300 32 / 245 Q1006 NOSIG
WBSB 070730Z 21009KT 3000SW -SHRA SCT015 FEW016CB BKN140 30 / 24 Q1007 TIME 24015G25KT DO NOT SHRA
WBSB 070800Z 20008KT 3000SW -TSRA SCT014 FEW016CB BKN140 28 / 26 Q1007 TIME 24015G25KT DON'T TSRA

And now let's decipher the main elements of the code:

WBSB - ICAO code of the airport
070700Z, 070730Z, 070800Z - date and time - range - Z (zulu) = UTC
28011KT, 21009KT, 20008KT - wind direction and speed
8000, 3000SW - visibility, 3000WS - Vis.3000 in the southwest
VCSH, -SHRA, -TSRA - precipitation
SCT016 FEW017CB BKN300, SCT015 FEW016CB BKN140, SCT014 FEW016CB BKN140 - The state of the sky - here are mentioned the clouds, the altitude at which they are and their type
32/245, 30/24, 28/26 - temperature and dew point
NEVER, NEVER - atmospheric pressure
NOSIG - without major changes in weather conditions
TIME - TEMPO = temporary and is used when certain weather conditions are expected to occur, but it does not last more than an hour


All of the above can vary depending on the airport, weather conditions, season etc. Who would have imagined that so much information could be transmitted in a line of code?

In the case of the A320 AirAsia incident, there were gusts of wind with speeds ranging from 15 to 25 of knots (1 Kt = 0.5 m / s = 1.8 kilometers per hour) and precipitation accompanied by electric shocks.

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