Event Details

Title:Incorrect fuel calculation of a German aircraft required special traffic arrangements at Helsinki-Vantaa airport
Micro summary:A Fuel planning error results in the need for an expedited approach.
Event Time:1997-12-17 at 2323 (Landing)
File Name:1997-12-17-FI.pdf
Publishing Agency:Finland Accident Investigation Board (AIB)
Publishing Country:Finland
Report number:C34/1997 L
Site of event:Helsinki, climb
Departure:Munich International Airport, Munich, Germany
Destination:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki, Finland
Airplane Type(s):Canadair Regional Jet CL-600
Flight Phase:Descent
Operator(s):Deutsche Lufthansa
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:A scheduled flight of Lufthansa Cityline from Munich to Helsinki asked for traffic priority and requested runway 04 for landing instead of runway 22, which was currently in use. The reason for the request was low fuel. However, the fuel quantity actually meant was that required for proceeding to an alternate aerodrome (alternate fuel) and for holding (final reserve fuel). The aircraft was assigned runway 15 for landing. Because of a misunderstanding, ATC filed an incident report.

3.2 Cause
The occurrence was caused by a mistake in fuel calculations, resulting in insufficient refuelling, which was only noticed during flight. When the crew reported the situation, the controllers failed to determine the exact nature of the fuel shortage.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Loading
Operations - Low Fuel
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