Aviation safety investigations & reports

Avionic/Flight Instruments - Airbus A320-232, VH-JQX, near Mackay Aerodrome Qld, 20 September 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 20 March 2010, an Airbus A320-232 aircraft, registered VH-JQX, was conducting a scheduled passenger flight from Brisbane to Mackay, Queensland. On decent into Mackay, the crew received multiple Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM)[1] messages.

At the same time, the autopilot and engine autothrust disengaged and the primary flight displays (PFD) lost airspeed, altitude and descent data. After about two minutes, all data returned to the primary flight displays. Engine autothrust and the autopilot were re-engaged and the aircraft continued without further incident to land at Mackay.

Recorded data from the event enabled a number of precautionary actions to be completed by the operator with no faults found.

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General details
Date: 20 September 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1141 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Mackay Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Avionics/flight instruments  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-JQX  
Serial number 2197  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Mackay, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018