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On 2 September 2008, at about 0845 Eastern Standard Time (EST), while climbing through flight level 250, en route from Brisbane, Qld to Honiara, Solomon Islands, fuel started venting/leaking from both main wing tanks of the Embraer RJ 190-100 LR, registered VHSXK. The aircraft, with five crew and 40 passengers on board, returned to Brisbane. The fuel venting/leakage was later determined to be the result of a design issue related to maintaining positive air pressure in the fuel surge tanks in the aircraft's wings. The aircraft manufacturer had previously identified the fuel system design issue and has developed a new float vent valve design to eliminate the problem. The design change has been introduced into newly manufactured aircraft and a service bulletin with recommendations to replace the current float vent valve with a redesigned valve will be issued in 2009.

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General details
Date: 02 September 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0845 EST  
Location   (show map):Brisbane NE 50NM Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Fuel systems 
Release date: 08 April 2009 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica 
Aircraft model: ERJ 190 
Aircraft registration: VH-SXK 
Serial number: 19000154 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Honiara Solomon Islands
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Last update 14 November 2018