Aviation safety investigations & reports

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

Investigation number:
AO-2017-092
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

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  
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: Serious  

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 18 December 2018