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Runway excursion involving ATR72, VH-FVY, at Moranbah Airport, Qld on 8 July 2013

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed

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What happened

On 8 July 2013, an Avions de Transport Regional ATR72-212A, operated by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Pty Ltd (VARA) and registered VH-FVY, touched down at Moranbah Airport, Queensland. During the landing roll, the aircraft changed direction a number of times. At one point, the aircraft departed the right side of the runway. One passenger reported a minor injury. The aircraft was not damaged as a consequence of the runway excursion.

What the ATSB found

During the landing roll, the rudder and nose wheel steering control inputs over corrected the heading deviations, leading to the runway excursion. Furthermore, the positioning of the rudder pedals could have contributed to the captain inadvertently over-controlling the rudder to counter the aircraft yaw.

What's been done as a result

As a result of this occurrence, VARA released Safety Message SAM-ATR-004/13. The safety message advised pilots of the hazards associated with crosswind landings. In addition, VARA has included this scenario as part of its regular simulator training programme.

Safety message

This occurrence highlights the importance of the correct cockpit set-up and use of correct control inputs during the landing roll, especially at high speed. Correct positioning of primary flight controls can reduce the risk of inadvertent control inputs.

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General details
Date: 08 July 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1109 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Moranbah Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 31 March 2016   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72  
Aircraft registration VH-FVY  
Serial number 1073  
Operator Virgin Australia Regional Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Moranbah, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018