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On 16 May 2010, an Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft, registered VH-ZPF, was being operated on a positioning flight from Adelaide, South Australia (SA) to Brisbane, Queensland (Qld). After arriving in Brisbane, the pilot in command (PIC) reported that the load and trim sheet for the aircraft was inaccurate due to certain items being counted twice in the aircraft's load and trim calculations.

It was found that an error occurred when the Adelaide airport movements coordinator (AMCO), during a period of high workload, inadvertently selected the incorrect aircraft configuration in the company's computerised load and trim system.

The aircraft was not operated outside its weight and balance limitations; however, there were implications for how the pitch trim was set prior to takeoff.

The operator has raised an amendment to its flight operations manual to clarify the correct configuration to use when compiling a load and trim sheet for a positioning flight. The operator has also implemented changes to its load control system software to prevent the inadvertent selection of the incorrect configuration while preparing a load and trim sheet.

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General details
Date: 16 May 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0610 CST  
Location   (show map):Adelaide Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loading related 
Release date: 14 October 2010 Occurrence class: Operational 
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-ZPF 
Serial number: 19000193 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Destination:Brisbane Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018