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Runway Overrun - Boeing 737-8FE, VH-VUX, Hobart Aerodrome Tas. 24 November 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 24 November 2010, a Boeing Company 737-8FE aircraft, registered VH-VUX, was being operated a scheduled passenger service from Melbourne, Victoria to Hobart, Tasmania. The crew were advised that the runway would be wet for their arrival into Hobart. During the landing on runway 12, the crew reported that the initial braking was normal, however, in the final stage of the landing, the braking was not effective despite increasing brake pressure. Both crew stated that the aircraft felt as if it was sliding or aquaplaning.  The crew reactivated the thrust reversers and the aircraft came to a stop beyond the end of the runway in the stopway area. There was no damage to the aircraft or the tarmac and the aircraft was turned and taxied to the terminal.

A post-incident inspection of the runway found that there was rubber build up near the runway 30 touchdown markers and portions of the runway had been resurfaced but not re-grooved.

As a result of this incident, the aircraft operator issued a flight crew communication notice modifying the takeoff and landing procedures for Hobart Airport in wet conditions. The airport operator issued Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) stating that there had been reports of aquaplaining on landing in heavy rain and that the runway surface was ungrooved. In addition, they have brought forward a scheduled full resurfacing of the runway to November 2011, removed a runway surface treatment from the area around the centreline of the runway and grooved the resurfaced sections of the runway.

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General details
Date: 24 November 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Hobart Aerodrome    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 16 May 2011   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-VUX  
Serial number 37823  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Hobart, Tas  
Last update 14 November 2018