Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel System Event, VH-SXK, Embraer RJ 190-100 LR, 50 NM NE of Brisbane Airport QLD, 2 September 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane NE 50NM    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Fuel systems  
Release date: 08 April 2009   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL
Last update 03 April 2020