Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine thrust reverser malfunction involving Airbus A320 aircraft, VH-VGZ, Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 20 September 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating a dual engine thrust reverser malfunction involving Airbus A320, registered VH-VGZ, at Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 20 September 2018.

During landing, the right and left engine thrust reversers failed to operate. Subsequent inspection of the engines identified that the thrust reverser lockout pins, installed during maintenance, had not been removed.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons, obtain engineering reports and review operational procedures.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 20 September 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 18:00 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VGZ  
Serial number 3917  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 February 2019