Aviation safety investigations & reports

Landing gear wheel failure involving a Saab 340, VH-ZLX, Adelaide Airport, South Australia on 20 August 2019

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


The ATSB is investigating a landing gear wheel failure involving a Saab 340, VH-ZLX, Adelaide Airport, South Australia on 20 August 2019.

During taxi, the outer wheel on the left main landing gear fractured, with a piece of the wheel rim being left on the apron at Adelaide. After landing at Port Lincoln, the crew observed that the left outer tyre had deflated and detected the wheel damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine components from the aircraft, obtain aircraft maintenance and inspection records, and gather additional information.

A 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 action can be taken.

General details
Date: 20 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1935 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Adelaide Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Landing gear/indication  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Saab Aircraft Co.  
Aircraft model 340B  
Aircraft registration VH-ZLX  
Serial number 340B-182  
Operator Regional Express  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Adelaide, South Australia  
Destination Port Lincoln, South Australia  
Last update 24 June 2020