Fault on Heraklion to Gatwick plane referred to AAIB

Aeroincide.com —  On 27 July an Easyjet Airbus A320-200, registration G-EZWX on a scheduled flight  from Heraklion  to London Gatwick notified  Brest Air Traffic Control that the  Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer (THS) was jammed. The crew advised air traffic control and continued to London Gatwick for a safe landing on runway 26L about 30 minutes later.

The French BEA reported into the serious incident and it has been referred to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the United Kingdom.

The aircraft remained on the ground for 29 hours before resuming service.

Most airliners and transport aircraft feature a large, slow-moving trimmable tail plane which is combined with independently-moving elevators. The elevators are controlled by the pilot or autopilot and primarily serve to change the aircraft’s attitude, while the whole assembly is used to trim (maintaining horizontal static equilibrium) and stabilize the aircraft in the pitch axis.

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