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On 9 May 2010 at 1700 local time, an Airbus Industrie A319-115 aircraft, registered VH-VHD, was being operated on a charter flight from Cocos (Keeling) Island to Christmas Island. On departure, the aircraft taxied with its forward integral air stairs still extended. The aircraft was brought to a halt, the stairs were inspected and then retracted, and the flight continued normally. The warning system designed to inform the crew that the air stairs were extended did not function correctly in this instance.

The operator has advised the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) that as a result of this occurrence, it has introduced a number of safety actions, including:

  • revised procedures for the management and operation of internal stairs on the A319
  • a clear definition of the duties of company engineers when carried on operational flights.
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General details
Date: 09 May 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1700 WST  
Location   (show map):Cocos (Keeling) Island aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: External Territory Occurrence type: Aircraft preparation 
Release date: 14 October 2010 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus Industrie 
Aircraft model: A319 
Aircraft registration: VH-VHD 
Serial number: 1999 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Cocos Island Indian Ocean
Destination:Christmas Island Indian Ocean
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Last update 18 April 2018