A LOT Polish Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400 flight declared an emergency after losing a hydraulic system inflight.

The incident occurred on January 15, 2022, when a LOT Polish Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprop-powered regional airliner was performing domestic daily flight LO-3835 from Warsaw to Gdansk in Poland. According to Flightradar24.com data, the plane, registered as OY-YBY, took off from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) and was scheduled to land at Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (GDN) after an hour. However, the flight crew noticed a hydraulic system failure when the aircraft was climbing out of the airport of departure. 

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As pilots were unable to fully retract the landing gear after takeoff, they stopped the climb at a flight altitude of 4,000 ft and declared an emergency. The flight crew had lost control of one of the hydraulic systems. As a result, the aircraft returned to Warsaw.

Fortunately, the Havilland Dash 8-400, which had 29 passengers and four crew members onboard, landed safely at WAW airport approximately 34 minutes after departure. No further incidents were reported.

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Today marks the 93rd anniversary of one of the world’s oldest airlines, Poland’s flag carrier, LOT Polish Airlines.