Aviation safety investigations & reports

Taxiing proximity event involving Airbus A321, VH-VWQ, and Boeing 737, VH-VZB, Melbourne Airport, Victoria, on 30 April 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating a taxiing proximity event involving an Airbus A321 and a Boeing 737 at Melbourne Airport in Victoria, on 30 April 2018.

Approaching a taxiway intersection, the crew of the Airbus A321 noticed a Boeing 737 taxiing towards the same intersection. Air traffic control passed traffic information to the A321 flight crew late, as they reportedly braked to avoid a collision.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will review available data, interview the controller and flight crew, and gather additional 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: 30 April 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0815 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Melbourne Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A321-231  
Aircraft registration VH-VWQ  
Serial number 7384  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Launceston, Tas  
Destination Melbourne, Vic  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VZB  
Serial number 34196  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 08 February 2019