Aviation safety investigations & reports

British Aerospace Plc BAe 146-300, VH-NJL

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 193KB]

The aircraft was observed to become airborne from runway 33 and then to lose altitude with the landing gear extended. The descent was continued, causing concern to the tower controller who activated the crash alarm. After the crew were asked and had confirmed that operations were normal the aircraft landing gear was retracted and it began to climb.

The investigation found that the flaps had been retracted at the time when the landing gear is normally retracted. Neither pilot had any recollection of making the selection, nor were they aware that the flaps were retracting, until after the stall warning activated during the climb after takeoff.

Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 193KB]
General details
Date: 11 December 1997   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1128 hours EST    
Location   (show map): 1 km NNW Cairns, Aero.    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration  
Release date: 15 August 1999   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer British Aerospace PLC  
Aircraft model BAe 146  
Aircraft registration VH-NJL  
Serial number E3213  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Cairns, QLD  
Departure time 1128 hours EST  
Destination Ayers Rock, NT  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 2682 13964
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL 535 13764
Last update 13 May 2014