The ATSB is investigating a fuel imbalance involving a Boeing 767 freighter, registered VH-EXZ, which occurred during flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, New South Wales on 27 July 2019.
During taxi for departure, the crew received a fuel configuration alert due to an imbalance in the fuel content between the left and right wing fuel tanks. That imbalance continued to increase during the flight, but was rectified by the flight crew. It was later determined that the alert was due to an anomaly in the fuel transfer from the centre tank to the right wing tank.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, review data from the aircraft’s flight data recorder and relevant records, and gather additional information as required.
A 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.
|Date:||27 July 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Auckland International Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Fuel systems|
|Release date:||02 October 2019||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Operator||TASMAN CARGO AIRLINES PTY LTD|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Auckland, NZ|