Aviation safety investigations & reports

Incorrect configuration involving Airbus A320, VH-VFX, Sydney Airport, NSW on 29 September 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating two airspeed overspeed events involving a Jetstar Airways Airbus A320, registered VH-VFX at Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on the 29 September 2018.

During take-off, the aircraft accelerated beyond the flap limit speed. The crew subsequently did not retract the landing gear until they were passing 2,800 ft resulting in the landing gear being retracted at a speed beyond the gear retraction limit speed. The aircraft continued to Melbourne, where the aircraft was grounded until an engineering inspection was conducted.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the 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: 29 September 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 2200 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VFX  
Serial number 5871  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Melbourne, Vic.  
Last update 15 October 2019