Aviation safety investigations & reports

Electrical systems event involving Airbus A330, VH-EBL, near Curtin, Western Australia on 14 May 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an electrical systems event involving an Airbus A330, registered VH-EBL, near Curtin, Western Australia, on 14 May 2019.

During cruise, the autopilot disengaged and the crew received multiple warning messages relating to electrical systems. The crew completed the emergency checklists and diverted the aircraft to Broome, where the aircraft landed safely.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will liaise with the aircraft operator to obtain technical and recorded data and interview relevant personnel.

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 those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 14 May 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Curtin   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Electrical system  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A330-203  
Aircraft registration VH-EBL  
Serial number 0976  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Denpasar, Indonesia  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 02 December 2019