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Runway incursion involving Boeing 737, VH-XZM, and subsequent rejected take-off involving Boeing 737, VH-VZL, at Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 28 April 2018

Investigation number:
AO-2018-032
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a runway incursion at Perth Airport on 28 April 2018, which resulted in another aircraft having to conduct a rejected take-off.

VH-XZM, a Boeing 737, landed on runway 03 and exited the runway on taxiway Juliet 2 (J2). The flight crew was required to hold short of runway 06. The aircraft passed the holding point, and stopped just past the holding point.

VH-VZL, another Boeing 737, was departing on runway 06 and had commenced its take-off roll. The controller instructed the flight crew to stop immediately. The flight crew conducted a rejected take-off and the aircraft stopped on the runway near taxiway J2. They were then instructed to vacate the runway at taxiway Alpha (A).

The area where the incident occurred is annotated on the En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) as a runway incursion ‘hot spot’. The holding point on taxiway J2 prior to runway 06 is marked with a runway stop bar.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crews and controllers on duty in the Perth control tower, examine recorded data from both aircraft and radar, review recorded communications between the flight crews and air traffic control, and gather other relevant information.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 28 April 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 14:42 WST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Perth Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-XZM  
Serial number 44574  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Perth, WA  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VZL  
Serial number 34194  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 03 December 2018