Following a false bomb threat, a Volotea A319 makes an emergency landing.

21.11.21

Following a false bomb threat, a Volotea A319 makes an emergency landing.

The Airbus A319, operated by Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea, had to make an emergency landing on November 19 due to the threat of a fake bomb. During the flight from Bilbao to A Coruña, sources said the plane landed at its destination and was taken to a remote stand where passengers disembarked.

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According to an airline Twitter post (embedded below), a bomb threat has been issued for flight V73538, a flight between Bilbao (BIO) and A Coruña (LCG). Flight tracking data indicate that the aircraft was an ECMTD-registered Airbus A319. According to
FlightRadar24.com, this service typically departs Bilbao around 6:45 am local time. The typical arrival time for this 444-kilometer flight to A Coruña is 07:50. However, on November 19, the flight took off one minute earlier than planned, landed 25 minutes earlier than planned, and landed at around 7:25 am. This means that early arrival times at normal destinations can be traced back to the threat of a bomb that would have accelerated the aircraft's approach to A Coruña.
Meanwhile, Aviation24.be reports that the threat was sent via Spanish emergency number 112 (equivalent to Canadian-American "911") and internally forwarded to both airports. After the
threat was discovered, the destination airport activated emergency procedures and directed the A319 to a remote location. Civil Guard agents searched the aircraft and the aircraft, but found no evidence of explosives on board. At least two and a half hours after landing, after 10 am, the Civil Guard declared the inspection to end and concluded that the call was a "false alarm."
Aviation24.be also mentions that 105 passengers and 6 crew members disembarked normally at A Coruña Airport following emergency procedures.
At the age of 17, the ECMTD registered with the A319 has only two airlines, but has a long history of service. The aircraft made its maiden flight in 2004 and initially flew to Frontier Airlines, which was registered as N935FR. Frontier abolished the aircraft leased from GECAS in 2017 and returned it to GECAS.
From 2017, the A319 will be operated by Volotea. Initially re-registered as EIGAU, then re-registered with the current letter a few months later in the same year. The
airline accounts for almost 60% of the Volotea fleet and operates 20 Airbus A319s. The remaining aircraft is an Airbus A320.
By July 2021, GECAS-owned aircraft had completed 51,484 hours of flight in 27,009 flight cycles. Collateral Verification LLC estimates the current market value of aircraft to be approximately $ 7.93 million.

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