SAS Airbus A320neo Diverts To Milan With Suspected Fuel Leak

August 18, 2019


A Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A320neo on route from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Nice (France) had to divert to Milan (Italy) after the crew detected indications of a possible fuel leak.

According to the Aviation Herald, the SAS Airbus registration EI-SIF operating as flight number SK-793 was on route from Denmark to the south of France with 146 passengers on board. While cruising at an altitude of FL390 15 miles northwest of Lugarno (Switzerland) the crew detected what they thought were signs of a fuel leak.

Flight SK-793 was over Switzerland when it diverted to Milan

Despite being well into the flight and not that far from their final destination, the captain of the plane decided to divert to Malpensa Airport in Milan (Italy).

The aircraft landed safely on runway 35R some 22 minutes after deciding to abort the flight.

Passengers had to remain on board the aircraft for 20 minutes after landing, with several people reporting a strong smell of fuel. SAS dispatched a replacement Airbus A321-200 registration OY-KBB to Milan to pick up the stranded passengers and deliver them to Nice.

The passengers aboard flight number SK-793 arrived in Nice after enduring an eight-hour delay.

SAS was one of the first airlines in Europe to fly the A320neo

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was one of the first airlines in Europe to take delivery of the world’s most efficient single-aisle twin-engine jet.

The Airbus A320neo is a standard Airbus A320 with bigger, more fuel-efficient engines, airframe improvements, and winglets that Airbus calls ‘Sharklets’. Airbus offers two engine choices to airlines ordering the A320neo in the Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan or the CFM International’s LEAP-1A.

Set up as a 50/50 joint venture between American GE Aviation and French Safran Aircraft Engines, the Franco/American engine was chosen to power SAS’s fleet of 18 A320neo’s. With these new improvements, the A320neo offers a fuel saving of up to 15% compared to baseline A320s according to Airbus.

In case you do not know what the suffix neo means, it does not stand for new, recent, revived or modified, but simply “new engine option.” You may also hear people say it stands for “new environment option” a term Airbus came up with to appease environmentalists. 

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