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Loading event involving Avions de Transport Régional ATR42, VH-TOX, Sydney Airport, NSW, on 27 September 2016

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Status: Completed
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On 27 September 2016, at about 0030 Eastern Standard Time, an Avions de Transport Regional ATR42-300 aircraft, registered VH-TOX, was being loaded at Sydney Airport, New South Wales, for a freight charter flight to Brisbane, Queensland.

The freight had arrived from a freight facility where it had been weighed and a load plan completed, with a total freight weight of 2,281 kg.

Prior to loading the freight, a representative from the aircraft operator was unsure of the accuracy of the provided weights and requested ground staff reweigh the freight using calibrated scales at the airport. The measured total weight was 3,215 kg, which was 934 kg more than stated on the load plan.

The flight crew, consisting of a captain and first officer, completed the trim sheet using the actual weights, and the aircraft was within its weight limitations and the allowable centre of gravity envelope. The aircraft operated to Brisbane without incident.

Accurate aircraft weight and balance information is vital for the safety of flight, particularly during take-off. Inaccurate weight of freight items can lead to incorrect flight management selections such as power and trim settings. Discrepancies in these can result in reduced take-off performance and incidents such as tail strikes and runway overruns.


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General details
Date: 27 September 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 01:30 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loading related  
Release date: 14 December 2016   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2016    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR42-300  
Aircraft registration VH-TOX  
Serial number 024  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018