Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine thrust reverser malfunction involving Airbus A320 aircraft, VH-VQG, Gold Coast Airport, Queensland on 18 December 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the engine thrust reverser malfunction of a Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 aircraft, registered VH-VQG, while landing at Gold Coast Airport, Queensland, on 18 December 2017.

During the aircraft’s landing, the right engine thrust reverser failed to operate. Subsequent inspection of the engine identified a hydraulic control unit lockout pin from previous maintenance had not been removed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons, including the pilot and maintenance staff, and obtain other necessary information.

A report will be released in several months.

General details
Date: 18 December 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 8:45 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Gold Coast Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Flight control systems  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VQG  
Serial number 2787  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Adelaide, SA  
Destination Gold Coast, Qld  
Last update 07 March 2019