Aviation safety investigations & reports

Operational event involving B737, VH-VUE, 78 km ESE Adelaide Airport, South Australia on 13 September 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


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 level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 78 km ESE Adelaide Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Cabin injuries  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 15 June 2020