Update: 23 April 2020
The investigation into the Engine pod strike involving a Boeing 737-8FE, VH-YIW at Faleolo International Airport, Samoa on 23 April 2016 is continuing.
The investigation report is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. Final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.
If a review identifies any issues with a report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators will look to collect new evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.
Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.
On 23 April 2016, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 aircraft, registered VH-YIW, was being operated as flight VA91 from Auckland, New Zealand to Apia, Samoa. During the final approach and landing at Faleolo International Airport, the weather conditions consisted of heavy rain and gusting winds. The crew reported touching down firmly, making first contact on the right main gear.
A subsequent, routine flight data review by Virgin Australia on 26 April 2016 identified that a firm landing had taken place, consistent with the landing at Apia. The aircraft was inspected and a pod strike was identified on the No. 2 (right) engine.
The ATSB was notified of the hard landing on 26 April 2016 and initiated an investigation.