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Runway excursion involving a Boeing 777-3DZ/ER, registration A7-BED, at Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 30 November 2021

Investigation number:
AO-2021-051
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a runway excursion (veer-off) during landing involving a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways, at Brisbane Airport, on the night of 30 November 2021.

The aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Auckland, New Zealand. The captain was the pilot flying, and the flight crew was cleared to land on runway 01R.

The flight crew reported that, during the instrument approach, the aircraft encountered heavy rain and turbulence. At about 300 ft above the ground and still in rain, the flight crew established and maintained clear visual reference to the runway lighting and surrounds. Passing about 200 ft, the first officer announced the aircraft was drifting right of the runway centreline. The captain corrected the deviation. As the aircraft was about to touchdown, under the influence of a variable and gusting crosswind, the aircraft drifted right. The aircraft landed to the right of the runway centreline and, shortly after touchdown, the right main landing gear contacted and destroyed four runway edge lights positioned on the sealed runway strip, before the aircraft returned towards the runway centreline.

After the landing was completed and the aircraft had exited the runway, aircraft systems alerted the flight crew of low pressure in one on the right main landing gear tyres. The flight crew stopped the aircraft on the taxiway and requested an inspection of the aircraft. Damage to four right main landing gear tyres was observed, and the aircraft was towed to the international terminal. There were no injuries to passengers or crew.

A runway inspection observed ground debris and subsequently runway 01R was closed to clean up and replace the destroyed runway edge lights.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB has interviewed the flight crew, and reviewed evidence obtained from the airport operator. The ongoing investigation will review data from the aircraft's flight data recorder, weather information and recorded audio and surveillance data.

 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 that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 30 November 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 21:23 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 777-300ER  
Aircraft registration A7-BED  
Serial number 60330  
Operator Qatar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Auckland International Airport, New Zealand  
Destination Brisbane Airport, Queensland  
Last update 31 March 2022