Event Details

Title:Low fuel, Incident, Boeing 737-500, G-MSKB
Micro summary:This Boeing 737-500 crew declared a low-fuel emergency on approach, following two missed approaches and a diversion.
Event Time:1999-12-03 at 1911 UTC
File Name:1999-12-03-DK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Accident Investigation Board (AIB)
Publishing Country:Denmark
Report number:HCL 70/99
Site of event:Approach
Departure:Birmingham International Airport, West Midlands, England
Destination:Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup), Copenhagen, Denmark
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-500
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):British Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The flight was scheduled from Birmingham (EGBB) to Copenhagen (EKCH) with a scheduled time of departure at 1600 hrs, and a scheduled time of arrival at 1800 hrs. When the flight arrived at Copenhagen TMA, the crew were informed that they should expect a delay of approximately 10 minutes before they could start arrival from point ‘LUGAS’. The crew received an expected approach time of 1732 hrs. The aircraft entered the holding pattern at reporting point ‘LUGAS’ at 1722 hrs. A new expected approach time (1743 hrs) was issued at 1734 hrs. The flight was cleared for the Standard Terminal Arrival Route, STAR, at 1737 hrs and the approach was initiated to runway 22 left. The flight was on approach at 3000 feet at1804 hrs. During the approach the weather got worse with wind gusts up to 70 knots. On short final the crew made a go-around at 1808 hrs. As the wind information for the destination alternate aerodrome, Malmo was missing the crew decided to divert to Billund (EKBI). During the approach to Billund runway 27 the weather got worse and on the final approach the crew received a ‘cockpit wind shear warning’. Consequently, the crew made a go-around at 1853 hrs. The crew advised Billund ATC that they had to declare an emergency, as the expected remaining fuel during the following approach would be less than the Final Reserve Fuel. On the second approach to Billund the crew had to disregard wind shear warnings. The aircraft landed without any further incidents at 1911 hrs.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Low Fuel
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