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Operational event - VH-­VQZ, Gold Coast aerodrome, 30 May 2010

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 30 May 2010, an Airbus Industrie A320-232 aircraft, registered VH-VQZ, departed Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) on a scheduled passenger service to the Gold Coast, Queensland (Qld). The copilot, who was under training, was designated as the pilot flying for the flight.

The aircraft arrived at the Gold Coast and an instrument approach was commenced. During the landing, the flare was initiated early and the aircraft floated along the runway. The pilot in command (PIC) instructed the copilot to lower the nose of the aircraft; however, the aircraft appeared to maintain a level pitch attitude. The PIC determined that the landing could not be achieved and assumed control of the aircraft. The PIC initiated a go around, during which time the aircraft's main landing gear momentarily contacted the runway. The missed approach procedure was commenced and a second approach was made without further incident.

The failure to identify, or execute a go around/missed approach procedure has been cited by the Flight Safety Foundation as one of the major causes of approach-and-landing accidents. This incident highlights the importance of recognising when a go around should be initiated and supports the safety benefits of being 'go-around-prepared' and 'go-around-minded'.

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General details
Date: 30 May 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1820 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Gold Coast aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Control - Other  
Release date: 14 October 2010   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-VQZ  
Serial number 2292  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney NSW  
Destination Gold Coast Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018