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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 type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Launceston Airport   
State: Tasmania Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 25 June 2009 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
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
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerCommercial3003900
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Last update 02 March 2016