Condor flight was delayed by four hours after rejected takeoff due to error

On June 18, the crew of an Airbus A320 Condor performed an rejected high-speed take-off due to problems with the airspeed instruments out of tune with each other. Flight DE1606, which reportedly took travelers from Munich to Mykonos, was delayed by four hours.

The aircraft involved in the incident was the D-AICE, which is pictured here. The Airbus A320 is almost 23 years old. Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons

Interrupted take-off at high speed

On June 18, Condor’s flight DE1606 sought to take off on time, just after 6:10 a.m. This morning flight was heading to the Greek island of Mykonos from Munich, Germany.

However, as the Airbus A320-200 made its way to the runway for take-off, the crew noticed that the speed indications disagreed with each other. Making the quick decision not to continue the flight, the crew refused take-off. According to The herald of aviation, this was done at high speed, estimated at around 100 knots (185 km / h or 115 mph).

As the aircraft was on Munich runway 08L, the small jet safely slowed to exit the runway using the A5 high-speed exit. Located approximately 1,300 meters (4,350 feet) downstream of runway 08L, this was the first available exit for the aircraft. The lower A8, A10 and A12 exits would also have been options.

D-AICE previously flew under the Condor Berlin and Thomas Cook Airlines brands. However, since 2004 he has flown for Condor. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

A four hour delay for passengers

Considering the advance of the original flight, with the extra time needed to get to the airport, we can imagine that the passengers on the plane would have been very irritated by the inconvenience caused.

Working hard to get the flight passengers back on track, Condor repositioned an Airbus A321-200 from Frankfurt am Main. The repositioning flight itself having taken an hour, the total ordeal saw the flight to Mykonos delayed by about four hours.

At least the passengers would have had some extra space in the larger A321. Condor’s A321s are configured with 210 or 220 seats, meaning an additional 30 to 40 seats would have been empty, assuming no additional passengers were taken.

The Airbus A320 involved was then replaced by the larger A321, coming from Frankfurt. Photo:

About the crashed plane

The Airbus A320-200 involved in the incident registered D-AICE spent nearly two days on the ground. however, data indicates that the plane is scheduled to make five flights today: a round trip between Munich and Zakynthos (Greece), followed by a triangular route from Munich to Kavala and Samos.

Prior to the June 18 incident, the D-AICE had been flying fairly regularly since late February. Outside of cities like Hamburg and Düsseldorf, the plane frequently made trips to Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Heraklion and other recreational spots around the Mediterranean.

The nearly 28-year-old aircraft first flew for Condor Berlin in 1998 before operating services under the Thomas Cook Airlines brand from 2002 to 2004. Since 2004, however, the aircraft has flown under the Condor, configured with 180 seats.

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