Aviation safety investigations & reports

Breakdown of separation - Airbus A320, VH-VGR and Boeing 737, VH-VOD, near Melbourne Airport, Vic., 12 October 2011

Investigation number:
AO-2011-131
Status: Discontinued

Discontinued

Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) empowers the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to discontinue an investigation into a transport safety matter at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

On 12 October 2011, the ATSB commenced an investigation into the breakdown of separation, between an Airbus Industrie A320 aircraft registered VH-VGR and a Boeing Company 737 aircraft registered VH-VOD near Melbourne Airport, Vic. Examination of the information collected during the investigation identified that the occurrence had significant similarities to aspects of ongoing investigation AO-2010-104, breakdown of separation, between a Boeing Company 767 aircraft registered VH-OGU and a Boeing Company 737 aircraft registered VH-VBH, near Melbourne Airport, Vic on 5 December 2010.

Accordingly, the ATSB decided to examine the 12 October 2011, breakdown of separation event as part of the broader investigation AO-2010-104 and the separate AO-2011-131 investigation was discontinued.

General details
Date: 12 October 2011   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 10:50 ESuT    
Location   (show map): 15Km west, Melbourne Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of separation  
Release date: 31 January 2012   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Discontinued   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-VGR  
Serial number 4257  
Operator Jetstar  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic.  
Destination Auckland, NZ  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-VOD  
Serial number 30624  
Operator Virgin  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic.  
Destination Gold Coast, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018