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
On 3 January 2012, the ATSB commenced an
investigation into a loading issue involving a Boeing Company
747-438 aircraft registered VH-OJM, at Melbourne Airport, Vic, on
22 December 2011. Examination of the information collected during
the investigation identified that the circumstances of the
occurrence were limited to incorrect load data being entered onto
the provisional loadsheet. The discrepancy was identified by the
flight crew and amended prior to the final loadsheet being
The operator advised the ATSB that they had identified the nature of the error and had put in place measures to prevent its reoccurrence.
Accordingly, the ATSB decided that there was limited potential to enhance transport safety by continuing this investigation and has elected to discontinue it. However, the data already collected may be used by the ATSB for future statistical analysis and safety research purposes.