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.
|Date:||14 August 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1339 WST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Perth Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Aircraft preparation|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Operator||Virgin Australia Regional Airlines|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Perth Airport, WA|
|Destination||Christmas Island, WA|