Aviation safety investigations & reports

Foreign object debris on runway, Perth Airport, WA, on 14 August 2018

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


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 level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Perth Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Aircraft preparation  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 29 May 2019