Incident Boeing 737-8AS (WL) EI-DYX,
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Date:Friday 14 May 2010
Time:18:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Owner/operator:Ryanair
Registration: EI-DYX
MSN: 37517/2754
Year of manufacture:2008
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 176
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Incident
Location:near Valencia Airport (LEVC) -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:EGGS
Destination airport:LEVC
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
On 14 May 2010, Ryanair flight RY9ZC was scheduled from Stansted Airport (EGGS) to Alicante Airport (LEAL). During the approach phase the aircraft perform two go-around, due to meteorological conditions (windshear). The crew finally decided to divert to Valencia airport (LEVC), where they issued an urgency declaration (PAN-PAN) due to low fuel level. On final approach, the crew stated an emergency (MAYDAY) and landed successfully at runway 12.

Causes:
The incident was caused by the crew’s inadequate decision-making process in opting to make a second approach, in the choice of alternate airport and in the flight parameters used en route to that airport, which resulted in the fuel amount dropping below the required minimum reserve fuel and in the crew declaring an emergency (MAYDAY).
The company’s fuel savings policy, though it complies with the minimum legal requirements, tends to minimize the amount of fuel with which its airplanes operate and leaves none for contingencies below the legal minimums. This contributed to the
amount of fuel used being improperly planned and to the amount of fuel onboard dropping below the required final fuel reserve.
Another contributing factor was the wind information provided by ATC to the crew when preparing the approach to runway 28. This information, though accurate, did not give the crew a clear picture of the changing wind conditions, which would have facilitated their making more suitable decisions.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: IN-010/2010
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 10 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

https://www.fomento.gob.es/recursos_mfom/2010_010_in_final_eng_0.pdf
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/2013-07-15/spain-reports-ryanair-fuel-incident#
https://news.aviation-safety.net/2013/06/28/spain-concludes-investigation-of-low-fuel-incidents/

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Aug-2018 11:14 Edoardo Added
27-Aug-2018 11:17 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
27-Aug-2018 17:52 Edoardo Pusterla Updated [Location, Narrative]
27-Aug-2018 17:55 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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