Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of separation involving Boeing 777, N2333U and ATR 72, VH-FVQ, near Sydney Airport, NSW, on 22 January 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-005
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a loss of separation involving a United Airlines Boeing 777, registered N2333U, and Virgin Australia ATR-72, registered VH-FVQ, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 22 January 2020.

During initial climb, the Boeing 777 turned right resulting in a loss of separation with the ATR-72 departing from the parallel runway.

As part of the investigation the ATSB have contacted the operators involved and Airservices Australia to obtain relevant incident data.

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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 22 January 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1423 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sydney Airport,   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of separation  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 777-322ER  
Aircraft registration N2333U  
Serial number 62644 LN:1466  
Operator United Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, New South Wales  
Destination San Francisco, US  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72-212A  
Aircraft registration VH-FVQ  
Serial number 1053  
Operator Virgin Australia Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, New South Wales  
Destination Tamworth, New South Wales  
Last update 06 July 2020