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Update: 22 December 2017

The draft report is being released to directly involved parties (DIPs) for comment. Any feedback received during that period will be reviewed and where supported by factual evidence, the report will be reviewed and amended accordingly.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.


12 February 2015

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into an operational event involving an Airbus A320-232, VH-VND, at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, on 11 February 2015. After reporting ‘visual’ the flight crew was cleared by the Melbourne Approach controller for a visual approach and directed to contact the Tower controller. The approach controller, on observing the aircraft on radar descend towards the lower limit of controlled airspace in that area of 1,500 ft, requested the Tower controller to issue a safety alert to the aircraft. In response, the flight crew initiated a climb to 2,000 ft before completing their approach.

The investigation is continuing and will involve interviewing the flight crew, analysing recorded flight and other data and gathering and examining additional information.

General details
Date: 11 February 2015 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 17:52 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Melbourne Airport, 17 km north Occurrence type:Flight below minimum altitude 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A320-232 
Aircraft registration: VH-VND 
Serial number: 3296 
Operator: Tiger Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Hobart, Tas.
Destination:Melbourne, Vic.
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Last update 22 December 2017