Aviation occurrence briefs

Rejected take-off involving a Fokker 100, Perth Airport, WA, on 23 August 2019

Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.

What happened

On 23 August 2019 at approximately 1620 Western Standard Time, the crew of a Fokker 100 was commencing take-off from Perth Airport, Western Australia for a regular public transport flight. The captain was pilot monitoring and the first officer was pilot flying.

During the take-off run, the first officer’s seat suddenly moved back. As the seat slid back, the first officer released the control column so as not to pull it back with him, and was unable to reach the pedals once the seat had stopped at the aft limit.

The aircraft then veered slightly to the right of the runway centreline and the first officer declared, ‘Handing over’. The captain immediately took over control of the aircraft and conducted a rejected take-off.

The operator suspected that the locking mechanism on the seat had failed.

Safety message

This incident highlights the importance of a rapid and decisive handover/takeover procedure undertaken by the crew, which was demonstrated in this occurrence.

The US Federal Aviation Administration publication, Aviation Instructor’s Handbook, includes further information and guidance on the positive exchange of flight controls.

About this report

Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.


General details
Date: 23 August 2019   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1620 WST    
Location   (show map): Perth Airport    
State: Western Australia    
Release Date: 27 September 2019   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fokker B.V.  
Aircraft model F28 MK 0100  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth Airport, Western Australia  
Last update 27 September 2019