On September 17th, a Viva Aerobus Airbus A320 was flying between the Mexican cities of León and Tijuana but was forced to turn back to the airport it departed from. The cause of the return was a failure of the narrowbody’s number two engine.
A domestic route
According to Mexico-based aviation media outfit EnElAire, registration XA-VAP the plane left León’s Bajío International Airport yesterday morning at 07:14 but returned just minutes later. Viva Aerobus shared that the necessary security protocols for this sort of event were followed. As a result, the A320 landed safely at 07:40.
“We deeply regret the inconvenience that this circumstance may have caused cause, which will be analyzed and evaluated by the airline and the authorities competent,” said in a statement.
“Viva Aerobus reaffirms its commitment to safety on each of the flights, priority company number one.”
Footage of the plane’s engine can be seen in the video shared by EnElAire’s Twitter below:
#IMPORTANTE El día de hoy, cerca de las 07:10AM hora local, el vuelo VIV5029 de #VivaAerobus cubriendo la ruta entre Silao (BJX) y Tijuana (TIJ) con un equipo Airbus A320 experimentó fugo en el motor derecho momentos después del despegue.
— EnElAire (@Enel_Aire) September 17, 2021
The Mexican low-cost carrier concluded that it followed procedures established by Airbus at all times. Following the landing, the airline deployed registration XA-VIB, another A320, to keep passengers moving.
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More on the aircraft
According to ch-aviation, XA-VAP, the aircraft that had the engine failure, performed its first flight on November 30th, 2015, and was delivered to Viva Aerobus’ facilities the following month on December 10th.
This A320-200 holds 186 seats and is nearly six years old. The plane joins 49 other Airbus A320 family aircraft in Viva Aerobus’ fleet.
Across the industry
Viva Aerobus is by far not the only airline that has had an engine failure across its operations this year. Earlier this month, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 was left circling over Istanbul for four hours with a failed engine.
Moreover, earlier this summer, a Belavia Boeing 737 diverted to Moscow after a suspected engine failure. Notably, parts of a United Airlines Boeing 777 dropped over Denver amid an engine failure.
Viva Aerobus has had a busy summer following a challenging period across the aviation industry. In fact, it’s now flying 30% more passengers than in 2019. While many markets continue to struggle around the world, certain regions, especially in the United States and Mexico, have managed to adapt well to the harsh conditions of the health crises. Therefore, the likes of Viva Aerobus have been launching new North American routes.
This progress is matched by a fleet expansion that saw it receive its 50th aircraft last month, which was an Airbus A321neo. Altogether, the airline has stamped its rise by reporting a profit for H1 2021.
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