Aviation safety investigations & reports

TCAS RA event involving two Boeing 737-8FE, VH-VUX and ZK-PBF near Sydney Airport, NSW on 10 June 2013

Investigation number:
AO-2013-098
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 June 2013, the ATSB commenced an investigation into an occurrence involving a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) Resolution Advisory received by the flight crew of a Boeing 737-800, registered VH-VUX, during an independent visual approach to runway 34R at Sydney Airport, New South Wales on 10 June 2013. The second aircraft involved in the resolution advisory, another Boeing 737, registered ZK-PBF, was on approach to runway 34L. 

Examination of the information collected during the initial stages of the investigation identified that the flight crews in both aircraft complied with all air traffic control requirements and there was no loss of separation. 

The ATSB is investigating an earlier occurrence involving independent visual approaches at Sydney Airport that occurred on 4 June 2013 (investigation AO-2013-095). This will include a review of other occurrences associated with these types of approaches, including that at Sydney on 12 June 2013. Any safety issues associated with independent visual approaches at Sydney can be expected to be identified as a result of investigation AO-2013-095.

Accordingly, the ATSB has decided to discontinue investigation AO-2013-098.

 

General details
Date: 10 June 2013   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 9:30 EST    
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: ACAS warning  
Release date: 17 September 2013   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Discontinued   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-VUX  
Serial number 37823  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Gold Coast, Qld  
Destination Sydney, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration ZK-PBF  
Serial number 33799  
Operator Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ)  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Samoa  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018