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.