Aviation safety investigations & reports

Accredited representative to the TAIC New Zealand investigation into a flight below minimum altitude involving an Airbus A320, VH-VGY, near Christchurch, New Zealand on 6 August 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


On 6 August 2017, an Airbus A320, registered VH-VGY and operated by Jetstar Airways, inadvertently descended below a 2,500 ft minimum safe altitude during an arrival procedure into Christchurch, New Zealand.

As the incident occurred in New Zealand, under paragraph 5.1 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and in accordance with the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission Act 1990, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) commenced an investigation into the occurrence. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), representing the state of the operator and in accordance with paragraph 5.18 of Annex 13, provided an accredited representative to participate in the TAIC inquiry. In accordance with the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003, an ATSB investigation was commenced to support the TAIC inquiry.

The ATSB has finalised its support of this investigation. The TAIC is responsible for the release of the final investigation report into this incident. TAIC have completed the investigation and published the investigation on their website on 2 May 2019 at  AO-2017-007.

Any enquires regarding the TAIC investigation and report should, in the first instance, be directed to the:

Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Level 9, 114 The Terrace
PO Box 10323
Wellington, 6143, New Zealand

The TAIC can also be contacted via: www.taic.org.nz

The information contained in this update is released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.


General details
Date: 06 August 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0700 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Christchurch, New Zealand   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: International   Occurrence type: Flight below minimum altitude  
Release date: 17 May 2019   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VGY  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Wellington, New Zealand  
Destination Christchurch, New Zealand  
Last update 17 May 2019