Air Transat plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur.

    24 August 2001; Air Transat A330-200; C-GITS; flight 236; near the Azores Islands, Portugal: The aircraft was cruising across the Atlantic at 39,000 feet on a flight from Toronto to Lisbon when the right engine lost power. The left engine quit about 13 minutes later. Both engines lost power as a result of fuel starvation. There had been a leak in the fuel system near the right engine, and an open crossfeed valve allowed fuel to be lost from both wing tanks. The leak had been noticed by the crew about an hour prior to the engines shutting down, and the aircraft was already diverting toward Lajes military airfield in the Azores. The right engine lost power when the aircraft was at about 34,500 feet and about 75 miles (120 km) form the airport. The crew was able to glide for about 19 minutes and landed at Lajes airfield, averting a mid-ocean ditching attempt at night.

    Although the landing gear was damaged during the high speed landing, the crew was able to stop the aircraft on the runway. All 13 crew members and 291 passengers survived, though some occupants were injured during a emergency evacuation. Transport Canada later fined the airline C$250,000 (about US$165,000) for maintenance infractions relating to an improper installation of a hydraulic pump on an engine of the incident aircraft.
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    This Air Transat event has similarities to a 1983 Air Canada event involving a 767 and a 1996 event involving an Allegro Air DC9 where the flight crews successfully glided their aircraft to a landing after running out of fuel. In both cases, the crews had to glide the aircraft for several minutes before landing on a nearby runway. Also, in both cases no one was seriously injured during the event.

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Air Transat plane crashes -- Revised: 29 January 2017