Incident at Calgary, AB


1997-10-02: The Air Canada A320 arrived in Calgary after a flight from Houston, with 51 passengers and 6 crew. The ground crew discovered that the left overwing escape slide panel and the inflatable escape slide that would normally be behind the panel, were missing. There was also a black smear along the fuselage just behind the escape slide opening. The panel is about 3 feet by 15 inches in size. Further inspection revealed a small puncture hole in the left inboard flap and adjoining fairing. A passenger in a seat near the slide reported feeling a slight, short vibration during the climb out from Houston. The missing escape slide was the original one, and when it departed, the inflation bottles did not discharge. The panel is to be inspected every 18 months, and the inspection for this a/c was to have been done soon. The company is inspecting the fleet and replacing the panels with new ones from Airbus Industrie. The a/c's Flight Data Recorder did not reveal when the panel left the a/c.


CADORS Number 1997C0679
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-09-25 - 14:20
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Alberta, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Calgary, AB
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TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories System/component failure or malfunction [non-powerplant]

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FTJR | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AIRBUS
Model  Silhouette image of A320 211
A320 211
Year Built 1991
Engine Type Turbo fan
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Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Climb
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Airframe failure

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