LATAM Airbus A320 suffers nose and engine damage in flight to Paraguay
A LATAM Airlines Airbus A320 serving Flight 1325 from Santiago de Chile Airport (SCL) to Asunción International Airport (ASU) suffered severe weather conditions, forcing the crew to divert to the airport International of Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas (IGU) in Brazil, then to damage the nose, engines and windshield.
What happened to the LATAM flight?
The incident happened on October 26. LATAM Paraguay flight 1325, with 48 passengers on board, departed Santiago de Chile around 5:25 p.m. en route to Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. Nevertheless, due to a storm in Asunción, the crew had to divert commercial service to Foz de Iguaçu. After staying in Foz de Iguaçu for about three hours, the flight departed for Paraguay. During these three hours, the passengers could not get off the plane. The crew informed the passengers that the Brazilian authorities would not let them disembark until a customs team arrived at the plane.
Nevertheless, on approach to Asunción, LATAM Flight 1325 encountered inclement weather, which forced the crew to make an emergency landing. Once on the ground, the weather damage to the aircraft was visible. As reported on social media, the plane, an Airbus A320 registered CC-BAZ, suffered damage to its radome (located on the nose of the plane), an engine and the windshield. Reports on social media indicate that the plane lost both engines on approach to Asunción, leading to the deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT). Simple Flying has contacted LATAM for clarification on these reports; the airline declined to comment on anything beyond the statement we share below.
LATAM Airlines released a statement,
“LATAM Airlines Paraguay informs that on Wednesday, October 26, flight LA1325 (Santiago de Chile-Asunción) encountered difficult weather conditions during the flight. The plane made an emergency landing in Asunción, a procedure which was carried out without problems at 23:09 (local time). Passengers and crew are in good condition. LATAM Airlines Paraguay regrets the inconvenience this weather event may have caused to its passengers.
Due to the incident, the National Civil Aviation Authority of Paraguay (DINAC) will launch an investigation, and the Chilean counterpart will participate in it, as revealed on Thursday by the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority. Below is an embedded video of the turbulence the flight encountered last night.
The aircraft involved in this incident was a LATAM Airlines Airbus A320-200. Its registration number is CC-BAZ, which is based in Chile, although it operated a flight for LATAM Paraguay. The aircraft has the capacity to carry 180 passengers in a single-class environment.
LATAM first received the aircraft in July 2012, which is expected to be retired in 2024, according to data from ch-aviation. During its time at LATAM, the aircraft logged more than 27,500 flight hours and 19,960 flight cycles. CC-BAZ was scheduled to operate a flight from Asunción to Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) on Wednesday. Following the incident, this service was canceled and the aircraft has remained in Asunción ever since.
LATAM Airlines has a fleet of 288 aircraft as of October 2022, according to ch-aviation data. The airline has 41 Airbus A319, 128 Airbus A320-200, 14 A320neo, 49 Airbus A321ceo for short and medium-haul flights. For long-haul services, LATAM has 18 Boeing 767-300(ER), ten Boeing 777-300(ER), ten Boeing 787 Dreamliner 8 and 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner 9.
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