British Airways Airbus A350 Suffers Hydraulic Failure In Toronto

On 12 February, a British Airways A350-1000 suffered a hydraulic failure while landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Flight BA93 from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) was on final approach into Toronto when the crew reported a hydraulic system failure.

The new state-of-the-art aircraft continued with its landing procedure. It was able to make a safe landing on Toronto’s number 23 runway, with emergency services standing by as a precaution.

When the aircraft taxied off the runway and came to a stop, the brakes were found to be extremely hot and there was hydraulic fluid leaking from the plane. Rather than allowing the British Airways jet registration number G-XWBD to proceed to the gate under its own power, it was towed to the terminal.

Delayed luggage delivery

Due to the hydraulic fault, passengers were unable to get their luggage until the following day, as the cargo hatch could not be opened. Unlike Boeing, which uses electric motors for its cargo door, Airbus relies on hydraulics. However, there is a backup lever that allows the ground crew to pump fluid into the aircraft by hand. In this case, it sounds as though they wanted to first fix the leak before worrying about the luggage.

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