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.
|Date:||06 December 2016||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||23:03 CDT||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Darwin Airport||Investigation phase:||Final report: External review|
|State:||Northern Territory||Occurrence type:||Runway excursion|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Expected completion:||2nd Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Operator||Virgin Australia Airlines|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|
|Departure point||Melbourne, Vic.|