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ATR ALENIA ATR-72
Image source: IANS
Turboprop regional airliner. In service since 1989. Stretched larger capacity version of ATR-42. Some versions with different performance. Latest model AT-72-500 (redesignated 210) with six bladed propellers since 1997.
|Aircraft name||ALENIA ATR-72|
|ICAO code/WTC||AT72 / M|
|Type Code/APC||L2T / B|
|Wing span||27.1 m88.911 ft|
|Length||27.2 m89.239 ft|
|Heigth||7.7 m25.262 ft|
|Powerplant||200: 2 x 2.160 SHP PWC PW124B turboprops with 4 blade propellers.
210: 2 x 2.500 SHP PWC PW127E turboprops with 6 blade propellers.
|Engine Model||Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100|
For further details consult EUROCONTROL Aircraft Performance Database:
Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AT72
- AT72 / B732, vicinity Queenstown New Zealand, 1999 (AI LOS AGC HF) (On 26 July 1999, an ATR 72-200 being operated by Mount Cook Airlines on a scheduled passenger flight from Christchurch to Queenstown entered the destination CTR without the required ATC clearance after earlier cancelling IFR and in marginal day VMC due to snow showers, separation was then lost against a Boeing 737-200 being operated IFR by Air New Zealand on a scheduled passenger flight from Auckland to Queenstown which was manoeuvring visually (circling) after making an offset VOR/DME approach in accordance with a valid ATC clearance.)
- AT72, Dresden Germany, 2002 (RE HF) (On 5 March 2002, following the departure from runway 22 at Dresden in good visibility and light winds at night of an Aerospatiale ATR 72-200 being operated by an unrecorded airline on a domestic scheduled passenger fight from Dresden to Stuttgart, the airport operator found a number of damaged runway edge lights. Inspection of the aircraft after the flight disclosed damage to both nose landing gear tyres, one of which was deflated, and also found evidence of glass fragment impact with the fuselage and propellers, glass splinters in all landing gear bays and noted that the lower anti-collision light had been destroyed. There was no reported awareness of an incident on the part of the 27 passengers and two cabin crew.)
- AT72, Mumbai India, 2009 (RE HF) (On 10 November 2010, a Kingfisher Airlines ATR 72 made an excessively steep and unstabilised tailwind approach in light rain to runway 27 at Mumbai in visual daylight conditions. After touching down late, the aircraft was steered off the side of the runway when it became obvious that an overrun would otherwise occur. The Investigation found that ATC had failed to advise of water patches on the runway and aquaplaning had occurred. It also found that without aquaplaning, the available distance from the actual touchdown point would have been sufficient to stop the aircraft in.)
- AT72, en route, southern Scotland UK, 2011 (LOC AW HF) (On 15 March 2011, an ATR 72-200 being operated by Irish company Air Contractors on a non revenue positioning flight from Edinburgh to Paris CDG in night VMC with just the two pilots on board began to experience roll and directional control difficulties as the aircraft accelerated upon reaching the planned cruise altitude of FL230. A ‘PAN’ call was made to ATC and a return to Edinburgh was made with successful containment of the malfunctioning flying controls.)
- AT72, en-route, Mediterranean Sea near Palermo Italy, 2005 (AW LOC HF) (On 6 August 2005, an ATR 72-202 operated by Tuninter ditched into the sea off the coast of Capo Gallo (Palermo) after an uncommanded shutdown of both engines caused by fuel exhaustion.)
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