Jump to Content

The ATSB is investigating foreign object debris found on a runway at Perth Airport, Western Australia on 14 August 2018.

The crew of a departing aircraft reported having sighted an item of debris on the runway during their take-off roll. Airport operations personnel conducted a runway inspection and located a tubular metal-clamp type object, in the first part of the runway and close to the runway centreline. A second item of similar debris was subsequently found on a taxiway.

Airport operations personnel checked with aircraft maintenance engineers at the airport. The components were identified as maintenance items left on the aircraft, which had dropped from the landing gear of a departing A320 aircraft.

As part of the investigation, ATSB will interview personnel and review recorded information and operator procedures.

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 August 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1339 WST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Perth Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Aircraft preparation 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A320-231 
Aircraft registration: VH-FNP 
Serial number: 429 
Operator: Virgin Australia Regional Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Perth Airport, WA
Destination:Christmas Island, WA
Share this page Provide feedback on this investigation
Last update 21 September 2018