Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine surge and high vibration involving Airbus A330, VH-EBR, 44 km NE Gold Coast Airport, Qld, 14 April 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating an engine surge and high vibrations, involving an Airbus A330, VH-EBR, near Gold Coast, Queensland, on 14 April 2018.

During the climb, the crew detected abnormal engine indications and airframe vibrations from the left engine, and elected to reduce the thrust to idle. The crew carried out an air return to Brisbane for an uneventful landing.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the flight crew, engineering reports and recorded data and gather additional information as required.

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: 14 April 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 2300 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Gold Coast   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A330-202  
Aircraft registration VH-EBR  
Serial number 1251  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Auckland, New Zealand  
Last update 12 November 2019