Aviation safety issues and actions

Cross-checking environmental information and landing performance

Issue number: AO-2015-046-SI-03
Who it affects: Virgin Australia Airlines/Virgin Australia International crews
Issue owner: Virgin Australia Airlines/Virgin Australia International
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2015-046
Date: 18 September 2018

Safety issue description

Virgin Australia Airlines/Virgin Australia International did not have a policy requiring crews to independently cross-check environmental information and landing performance calculations in-flight, removing an opportunity to detect crew errors.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Virgin Australia/Virgin Australia International
Action number: AO-2015-046-NSA-010
Date: 18 September 2018
Action status: Monitor

Virgin Australia/Virgin Australia International are reviewing cross-checking mechanisms within their existing aircraft performance standard operating procedures. The intention of this is to further strengthen error-detection and monitoring within the in-flight landing performance procedure.

Current issue status: Safety action pending
Status justification:

The ATSB notes that Virgin Australia/Virgin Australia International is currently reviewing their internal policy on cross-checking aircraft performance calculations. The ATSB will monitor the operator’s progress and assess the safety issue on completion of that review.

Last update 18 September 2018