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The ATSB is investigating a loading event involving a Boeing 737, VH-VYE at Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 1 February 2018.

During takeoff, the aircraft rotated at a slower rate and required a high initial climb speed than normal. The crew detected that a number of child passengers had been incorrectly recorded as adults for weight and balance purposes.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview airline staff, review recorded data, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 01 February 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 11:12 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Brisbane Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loading related 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-838 
Aircraft registration: VH-VYE 
Serial number: 33993 
Operator: Qantas Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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Last update 20 April 2018