Aviation safety investigations & reports

Take-offs without runway lighting - VH-FVL (ATR-72), VH-FVU (ATR-72), VH-QOK (DHC-8)

Investigation number:
AO-2012-069
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 16 and 17 May 2012, three aircraft were operated on scheduled passenger flights from Gladstone to Brisbane, Queensland without the runway lights being activated for departure.   

The runway lighting was controlled by a pilot activated lighting (PAL) system that was combined with an aerodrome frequency response unit (AFRU).  To activate the runway lights, pilots were required to make a sequence of three transmissions on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF).  A number of situational factors were associated with the crew not activating the runway lights prior to departure.   

Defining a specific place for PAL tasks in the crew’s sequence of procedures, and incorporating this into a pre-taxi checklist, could potentially ensure more reliability in performing these tasks.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 12

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General details
Date: 16 May 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1751 EST    
Location   (show map): Gladstone Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway lighting  
Release date: 29 October 2012   Occurrence class: Infrastructure  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions De Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72  
Aircraft registration VH-FVL  
Serial number 974  
Operator Skywest  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Gladstone, Qld  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions De Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72  
Aircraft registration VH-FVL  
Serial number 974  
Operator Skywest  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Gladstone, QLD  

Aircraft 3 details

Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft model DHC-8-402  
Aircraft registration VH-QOK  
Operator QantasLink  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Gladstone, QLD  
Last update 14 November 2018