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Updated: 22 December 2017

The investigation into a runway excursion involving a Boeing 737, VH-VUI at Darwin Airport, in the Northern Territory, on 6 December 2016, is continuing. During landing on runway 29, the aircraft encountered gusty wind conditions and veered off the runway, resulting in minor damage to the aircraft and damaging six runway edge lights.

ATSB investigators have:

  • examined the runway and aircraft,
  • interviewed flight and ground crews and air traffic controllers,
  • collected and analysed information from the flight data recorders, aircraft operator, airport operator, Bureau of Meteorology, and air traffic control, and
  • researched related occurrences.

On completion of the draft report and internal review, the report will be sent to directly involved parties for comment before the report is finalised and published. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of an investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.



 Published: 7 December 2016

During landing on runway 29, the aircraft encountered gusty wind conditions and veered off the runway, resulting in minor damage.

The ATSB has sent two investigators from the Brisbane office to Darwin, arriving the afternoon of 7 December 2016. They are from engineering and air traffic control disciplines and will conduct examination of the runway, surrounding area and aircraft as necessary. It is anticipated they will return to Brisbane on Friday 9 December. Further investigation work will centre around gathering operationally relevant information, including weather, landing data, air traffic control data and aircraft information.

The investigation is continuing.

General details
Date: 06 December 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 23:03 CDT Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Darwin Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUI 
Serial number: 34441 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Destination:Darwin, NT
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Last update 14 November 2018