Friday, February 3, 2023 Civil/General Aviation » Accidents - Civil » 2020 - 2029  




10.10.20 A.320-232 Qatar A7-ATH Aircraft returned to stand prior to take-off due to a technical fault. Departure delayed by approximately 100 minutes. C/n 5078. c/s QR381/2.
31.01.20 A.320 Wizz Air HA-LPU c/s W61163, late evening arrival. Departed early afternoon on 01.02.20, reasons for the delay unknown.
01.02.20 Tecnam P2002JF European Pilot Academy 9H-PIC Nose-wheel collapse on r/w 23. No injuries.
09.02.20   Air Malta   Four flights, KM100/1 KM116/1, KM102/3 and KM118/9, are cancelled due to storm “Ciara”.
09.02.20 A.320-214 easyJet G-EZWH c/n 5542. Departure delayed until late afternoon of the 10th.
11.02.20 B.737-8AS Ryanair EI-DAF FR8853 Divert to Marseille on a Stansted-Malta. Aircraft returned to London the following day.
25.02.20       Italy ATC strike forced Air Malta to cancel its flights to Italy.


As with other countries, the virus known as Covid-19 hit Malta, forcing the closure of the airport.

09.03.20. All flights from/to Bergamo and Treviso and Milan are cancelled. Later changed to include all flights from/to Italian airports.

10.03.20. Turkish A/Ls cancels its flight to Malta.

11.03.20. Flights from Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland are all cancelled under further notice.

13.03.20. As of 13:30 local time, the Malta Health Authorities suspend all flights from/to China (including Hong Kong), France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. Cargo, maintenance, humanitarian and any other flights allowed to seek special dispensation to operate to/from Malta.

14.03.20. Malta School of Flying cancels its ground and flight instruction until the 20th.

17.03.20. Emirates cancels all flights until 30.04.20.

20.03.20. All passenger flights inbound to Malta suspended after 23.59hrs

24.03.20. Ryanair stops operations from Malta (including by its subsidiary Malta Air).

14.04.20. Med-Avia announces closure of its flight operations, letting go of its pilots. But the maintenance section of the company will continue to operate.

MIA reopens for flights in July.

EasyJet cancels flights to Malta until 15.08.20-15.09.20.


Repatriation flights

Below are some of the repatriation flights performed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

All such flights came to an end on 06.08.20.

14.03.20 Saab 340 SP-MRB Repatriation of Polish Nationals.
14.03.20 A320-214 Sundair D-ASEE  
15.03.20 B.737-8 LOT SP-LWE Repatriation flight no. 8503.
16.03.020 B737-86N LOT SP-LWF  
18.03.20 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AEI c/n 2189. Flight to Amman, Jordan as KM7826/7.
10.05.20 Embraer 170 Jasmin Airways TS-IJB
10.05.20 A.320-214 Bulgaria Air LZ-FBE c/n 3780.
11.05.20 A.318-111 Tarom YR-ASC c/n 3220.
12.05.20 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEC c/n 9049. Repatriation flight to Sofia and Athens.



18.03.20 B.757-236 Jet2 G-LSAA c/n 24122. Aircraft experienced technical problems. Departed later at night at 22:00. B.757-21B, G-LSAH, brought over as a replacement.
03.06.20 Beechcraft 350 DEA Aviation 2-WKTJ c/s Eagle 1, diverted for refuelling.
27.07.20 B. 737-8AS Malta Air 9H-QCQ Aircraft was on flight FR8280 to Luxembourg. Diverted to Bergamo for unknown an reason. Flight was continued by EI-EBH.
21.08.20 A.330-941 Hi-Fly CS-TKY c/n 1929. Diverted for re-fuelling.
06.09.20 B.737-9F2(ER) Turkish A/Ls TC-JYH c/n 40984. c/s TK4931, diverted due to a medical emergency. Departed after an hour.
14.09.20 B. 737-8AS Malta Air 9H-QAM Diverted to Catania due to weather over Malta. c/n 44794.
09.10.20 P. Aztec E.F.A. 9H-AEB Ended up on the grass area after landing due to tyre problems.
12.10.20 Bo. Challenger 605 Vista Jet 9H-VFJ Diverted to Malta for unknown reasons. c/n 5987.
22.10.20 Saab 340F Fleet Air Int'l HA-TAG Diverted from Tunis-Carthage at approx.. 04:00 for unknown reasons. c/n 78, pi N407BH, OK-CCK & SE-LSR
27.03.21 Fly Synthesis Storch S Island Microlight Club Malta 9H-UMS Aircraft suffered a nose wheel collapse, but no injuries.
02.04.21 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QCJ c/n 62690. In Ryanair colours, but operated by Malta Air. Aircraft was being towed when it inexplicably became separated from the towing truck, and continued forward, rolling into parked fuel bowsers. Serious damage to port engine, as well as forward fuselage. No injuries, but airport was closed for a few hours as a result. A Lufthansa CRJ-9, D-ACNE, c/s DLH5HU, diverted to Catania, whilst a Tunisiar ATR 72, TS-LBG, retuned to Tunisia. Both aircraft returned to Malta later. Performed engine runs on the 27th.
30.04.21 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AEP Aircraft was on flight AMC490 to Zurich. Captain returned to Malta after passing Palermo, Sicily. Service was then conducted by A.320-251N, 9H-NEB.
28.05.21 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEC Aborted take-off on flight KM612. The flight was performed by 9H-NED.
01.07.21 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AHS Returned to airport for unknown reasons when preforming flight KM466.
15.07.21 A.320-232 Wizz HA-LPK Technical problems due to a lightning strike. Departed on the 16th.
19.07.21 B.737-36e(BDSF) Bluebird Cargo TF-BBG Arrived from Marseille, but encountered technical problems prior to start up. Towed to Apron 2 on the 21th, departing Malta on the 22nd as BBD502. c/n 25263.
02.09.21 A.320-214 LATAM A/Ls PR-TQB c/n 4827. c/s TAM9541. Landed shortly after midnight, but without the necessary permits not having been issued from the country of departure, the crew were delayed in departing from Malta until the 8th.
04.09.21 A.321 Wizz HA-LVP Diverted to Malta on a Rome Fiumicino to Catania flight due to bad weather over Sicily. First visit by this particular aircraft.
11.09.21 A.320 Wizz HA-LWP Diverted to Malta on a Sofia-Catania flight.
19.09.21 A.321-251N easyJet G-UZLG c/n 9105. Aircraft arrived on commercial flight EZY2308. The crew encountered a technical problem on taxing out for take-off, forcing their return back to the stand. A.321-251N G-UZHO, c/s EZY9002, c/n 8411, was sent over to pick the passengers.

Replacement parts were brought over on the 20th, by Beech 200 Super King Air G-MEGN, of Dragonfly Executive, c/s CBM88, c/n BB-1518.

Both G-UZLG and G-MEGN departed on the 21st.
14.10.21 LJ45   TC-RSB Arrived from Istanbul and departed for Casablanca as RHH433. Forced to return to Malta just short of the Malta/Tunisian FIR due to unknown technical problems. Departed in the morning of the following day.
01.11.21 P. PA-34 Seneca II E.F.A. 9H-AEB Pilot reported problems with the starboard main undercarriage, which refused to lower. This led to an emergency landing, the aircraft coming to rest on the grass area adjacent to the runway. No injuries.
10.11.21 B.737-4Y0(BDSF) Bluebird Nordic TF-BBH c/n 23865. Aircraft experienced flap problems. Departed in the evening of the 11th.
22.11.21 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-NEB Crew diverted into Zurich (for unknown reasons) on a flight from Frankfurt. Landed in Malta shortly after midnight on the 23rd.
28.11.21 A.300B4-6SSR(F) MNG Airlines TC-MCG c/n 739. Aircraft diverted to Malta on an Istanbul – Misrata flight. Departed after a few hours.
29.11.21 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QAJ Aircraft was on flight FR1722 (Naples-Luqa), but was forced to divert to Catania due to weather over Malta. Returned to Malta later in the evening
14.12.21 Tecnam P2002JF European Pilot Academy 9H-PIC Pilot was cleared to backtrack and line up on runway 31. It would appear that during the 180 turn on the runway, the aircraft hit the right wing-tip and with subsequent damage to the main landing gear.


08.01.22 A.330-343 Turkish A/Ls TC-LOD c/n 1554. Aircraft was on flight THY47M. from Nigeria to Istanbul. Forced to divert to Malta at 03:14 due to a medical emergency. Departed at 06:25.
25.01.22 B.737-490(SF) ASL A/Ls OE-IBI c/n 28892. Aircraft was on a daily freight flight. Suffered from technical issues, rendering it unserviceable. Another company aircraft, B.737-83N(BCF), OE-IMC, c/n 32580, arrived in the evening to continue the service.
10.02.22 Tecnam P92 Echo JS European Pilot Academy 9H-LQA c/n 079, previously S5-DIF. Aircraft suffered a nose-wheel collapse on the runway, causing the closure of the airport.

A.320-251N 9H-NEB (c/n 8940) diverted to Catania, whilst Ryanair B.737-8AS 9H-QCY (c/n 44747), and Aegean A.319-132 SX-DGF (c/n 2468) initiated diversion, but returned to Malta.
26.02.22 Nextant 400XT Time Air OK-DJB c/n RK376, c/s TIE214B. Aircraft arrived from London’s Biggin Hill airfield with pressurisation problems.
27.02.22       Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the government closes Maltese air space to Russian aircraft.
05.03.22 A.321-271NX Wizz Air HA-LZG c/n 10753. Aircraft developed fuel leak prior to departure. Passenger picked up by HA-LZB early afternoon same day. HZ-LZG departed on the 7th.
10.03.22 Air Tractor AT-802   N6009X c/n 802-4008. Arrived from Heraklion for what presumably a night stop. Delayed until the 14th due to bad weather at Jersey. Also carried RJ2551 on the fin.
24.03.22 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEO c/n 7875. Aircraft was on a flight to Munich, but forced to turn back for unknown reasons.
30.05.22 A.321-231 Lufthansa D-AISV c/n 4050. Diverted from Catania.
02.06.22 B.737 Max 8 TUI fly G-TUMM c/n 44654. c/s BY6407. Returned to Malta after approx. 5 minutes due a bird strike, but again departed Malta for the UK after around 85 minutes.
14.06.22 A. 320-214 SmartLynx 9H-SLH c/n 3425. Aircraft was meant to operate EZY flt to Gatwick at 14:00, but canx. Towed to ACM small hangar at 18:00. Departed on the 22nd.
29.06.22 A.330-202 Plus Ultra EC-KOM c/n 931. Was departing after maintenance, but remained at 9,000 ft due to a cracked outer window.
12.07.22 A.321 Lufthansa D-AIRL Diverted to Palermo after departure from Malta.
14.07.22 DCH-8-200 Icelandair TF-FXH c/n 450. Aircraft had arrived fro maintenance by Med-Avia. Departed, but returned for unknown reasons. Eventually departed on the 15th.
27.07.22 A.321-231 Wizz Air HA-LXY c/n 8044. Returned to stand for technical reason, delaying departure by thirty minutes.
31.07.22 D. Falocn 7X M-ATRJ c/n 199. Lined-up twice but each time aborted departure. Eventually departed on 03.08.22.
19.08.22 A. 350-941 Turkish A/Ls TC-LGL c/n 493. Late night diversion for medical reasons.
23.08.22 B.747-4H6(BDSF) Mesk Air * 9H-MSK * operated by Elitavia Malta. Diverted due to pressurisation problems, departed on the 24th. c/n 27044.
08.09.22 B.737-8MG Jet2 G-JZBP c/n 64440. Aircraft departed but returned after 30 minutes because of radio failure, departing later in the night. Company aircraft, B.737-8FH, G-DRTI, c/n 29639, was sent to pick up the passengers.
08.09.22 Dash-8-100 Air CM Global 9H-ONI c/n 318. c/s RJR777. Crew reported loss of power during the take-off run. Departure for Misurata, Libya delayed by some 75 minutes.
08.09.22 B.747-412F Magma Aviation TF-AMC c/n 26563. Aircraft became u/s. Departed on the 10th.
12.09.22 A.330-343 Turkish A/Ls TC-JNI c/n 1160. Diverted on flight TK675 from Douala, Cameroon to Istanbul, due to a medical emergency.
19.09.22 B.757-28A(SF) DHL D-ALEV c/n 28161. 24-hour delay for unknown reasons.
10.10.22 Be. V35A Bonanza   F-BOOF c/n D-8635. Arrived on the 4th. Departure on this day delayed by weather, leaving on the 11th.
15.10.22 B.737-8K2 Transavia F-HTVG c/n 62156. Aircraft departed from Paris Orly on flight TVF96LY, but returned after approximately 1 hour.
04.11.22 Pilatus PC-12 NGX   9H-01SG c/n 2197. Departure cancelled by unknown technical issue. Probably arrived on the morning of 29.10.22.
04.11.22 A.320-214 Medsky 5A-MSB Departure on cancelled due to unknown technical issues. Departed on the 5th. See also under Aircraft Maintenance, Aviation Cosmetics.
08.11.22 Cessna 560X Citation XLS Nigerian Police 5N-HAR c/n 560-6067. Late night arrival, with a departure scheduled for around 06:00 on the 9th. Departure delayed by 11 hours due to delays in securing permits to overfly Tunisia.
11.11.22 A.950-941 Turkish Airlines TL-LGA c/n 403. Diverted due to a medical emergency on board the aircraft. The flight departed the same day.
12.11.22 B.737-8AS Ryanair SP-RSX c/n 44779, c/s FR3463. Arrived from Wroclaw, but diverted to Palermo due to weather.
12.11.22 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QED c/n 44820. Arrived from Billund on flight FR9061, but forced to divert to Palermo due to weather.
12.11.22 A.320-214 EasyJet G-EZTC c/n 3871, c/s EZY64ND. Diverted to Palermo on a flight from Gatwick due to inclement weather at the time.
12.11.22 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QAG c/n 44815, C/S RYR35FY. Arriving from Barcelona, forced to divert to Palermo due to weather.
12.11.22 B.737 MAX 9 Turkish A/Ls TC-LYB c/n 60063, c/s THY6WN. Diverted to Tunisia due to weather over Malta.
12.11.22 B.737-8AS Ryanair 9H-QAF c/n 44811. Arriving from Milan, diverted to Catania due to weather.
12.11.22       EasyJet A.320-214 G-EZOX, Air Malta A.320-214 9H-AEP and Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 HB-AZB all made a number of orbits before landing due to weather.
17.11.22 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AHS c/n 5086. Aircraft departed on flight KM514 to Vienna, but returned almost immediately with unknown technical difficulties. A.320-214 Fly2Sly LZ-MDO, c/n 879, leased between 18th-19th.
20.11.22 A.320-251N Air Malta 9H-NEB c/n 8940. Aircraft was on the Malta London route (KM100). Diverted into Milan due to a medical emergency.
26.11.22 B.737-86N(SF) Compass Air LZ-CXB c/n 28616, c/s BCS7922. Diverted to Naples due to weather over Malta.
26.11.22 A.321-321 Veuling EC-MLD c/n 7105, c/s VLG5DQ. Arrived from Paris but diverted to Bari due to weather over Malta.
05.12.22 Embraer E195LR Air Dolomiti I-ADJS c/n 19000597, c/s LH1294. Aircraft was on a Munich-Malta, but diverted into Rome’s Fumicino Airport for unknown reasons.
14.12.22 A.321-211(PCF) SmartLynx 9H-CGD c/n 775. Aircraft went u/s with unknown technical problems, and was towed over to Park 4. Departed on the 18th.
14.12.22 B.737-8AS Rynair G-RUKG c/n 36575. Aircraft departed Manchester for Malta but diverted to Stansted for almost two hours, before continuing to Malta.
31.12.22 A.320-214 Air Malta 9H-AEP Aircraft was on flight KM376/7 to Berlin. On departing Berlin, the aircraft suffered from a bird strike, immediatel returning to the German Airport. Aircraft was flow back to Malta on 1st January 2023.
08.01.23 B.737-8AS Rynair 9H-QEI Aircraft was meant to depart on flight FR9654 to Lisbon at 14:15 but was delayed after being hit by a baggage trailer. The flight was further delayed by bad weather over Portugal, finally departing Malta at 18.15hrs.
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