Accident Airbus A320-212 D-AICE,
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Date:Wednesday 11 December 2013
Time:11:34 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-212
Owner/operator:Condor Flugdienst
Registration: D-AICE
MSN: 894
Year of manufacture:1998
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5A3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 127
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Tenerife-Sur Reina Sofia Airport (TFS/GCTS) -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH)
Destination airport:Tenerife-Sur Reina Sofia Airport (TFS/GCTS) [EC]
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The aircraft, with callsign CFG3228 was inbound from Hamburg and entered the Canaries FIR at 10:21 some five hours into flight. ATC assigned the aircraft the standard terminal arrival route (STAR) TERTO6H, used for landing on runway 26 at Tenerife South. Shortly afterwards, as a result of weather conditions at the airport with lightning and shifting winds, the tower changed the runway in use from 26 to 08. Upon doing so, problems were detected with the ILS equipment. Another aircraft on final also reported to the controller problems with receiving the glide path (GP) on the new runway. Maintenance technicians who were dispatched to the location of the equipment confirmed That the GP and the DME on the ILS were not transmitting.
The aircraft was diverted from the initially assigned STAR to go around the south side of a storm system and continued on its approach so as to capture the localizer for the new runway. ATC then informed it that the glide path on the runway 08 ILS was inoperative, so the crew altered its initial plan to make an ILS approach and prepared to do a non-precision (LOC DME) approach to runway 08.
The crew, which was not informed that the DME on the runway's ILS was also inoperative, erroneously used as its reference distance to the touchdown point the VOR DME callsign TFS, located along the coastline, 5.7 NM before the runway. With that reference distance, the crew started the final descent early with neither the crew nor ATC detecting the vertical deviation in the flightpath. While on final approach, at a radio altitude of about 435 ft and 6 NM away from the runway, the EGPWS terrain conflict issued a warning. The crew reacted by aborting the approach and, in light of the bad weather, opted to divert to Fuerteventura, where they landed without incident.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: IN-045/2013
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

23-Jan-2015 21:16 harro Added
04-Nov-2018 19:02 Eugenio Grigorjev Updated [Date, Operator]
04-Nov-2018 19:03 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Accident report, ]

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