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.
|Date:||06 August 2017||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||0700 UTC||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||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|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Destination||Christchurch, New Zealand|