Aviation safety investigations & reports

Procedures-related event, Launceston Airport, Tas., 12 March 2008, VH-VQY, Airbus A320-200

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 12 March 2008, an Airbus A320-200 aircraft, registered VH-VQY, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Launceston, Tas. to Sydney, NSW. While the crew were preparing for the flight, the control tower closed and the airport lighting switched over to a pilot activated lighting system. The aircraft subsequently departed without the airport lighting being turned on. A number of situational factors were probably associated with the crew not activating the airport lights before the departure. Several similar incidents have previously occurred in Australia and overseas.

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General details
Date: 12 March 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2155 ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Launceston Airport    
State: Tasmania    
Release date: 25 June 2009   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-VQY  
Serial number 2299  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Launceston, Tas.  
Departure time 2155  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 1585.4 6565.4
Co-Pilot/1st Officer Commercial 300 3900
Last update 03 April 2020