Aviation safety investigations & reports

Flap overspeed during a go-around involving Airbus A320, VH-VQL, near Sydney Airport, NSW, on 9 May 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a flap overspeed event of an Airbus A320, registered VH-VQL, near Sydney Airport on 9 May 2018.

The first officer was the pilot flying. During the approach to runway 34L, at about 1,200 ft, the flight crew elected to conduct a go-around because the approach was not stabilised. Some elements of the go-around procedure were not conducted successfully, which resulted in the airspeed exceeding the flap limit speed. The captain took over control and the go-around was completed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, examine recorded data from the aircraft, 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: 09 May 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 19:15 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airframe overspeed  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VQL  
Serial number 2642  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Unknown  
Departure point Avalon, Vic.  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 15 April 2019