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The ATSB is investigating an operational event involving a Boeing 737, VH-VUE, on approach to Adelaide Airport South Australia, on 13 September 2017.

During descent, the airspeed trend vector started to increase. Control inputs made by the flight crew disconnected the autopilot and a minor airframe overspeed occurred. One cabin crew member sustained serious injuries and a second cabin crew member sustained minor injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will:

  • interview members of the aircraft crew and gather operational information
  • download and analyse data from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders
  • review air traffic control radar and audio recordings
  • review meteorological information.
General details
Date: 13 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 17:30 CST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):78 km ESE Adelaide Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Cabin injuries 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUE 
Serial number: 34167 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Destination:Adelaide, SA
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Last update 11 September 2018