Aviation safety issues and actions

Maintenance processes for galley floor sealing

Issue number: AO-2008-003-SI-05
Who it affects: Operators of Boeing 747-400 aircraft
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Transport function: Aviation: Maintenance
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-003
Issue release date: 13 December 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that, when completed, the actions being undertaken will adequately address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

Maintenance processes did not identify or correct the deterioration of the galley floor sealing

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2008-003-NSA-028
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 13 December 2010
Action status: Closed

On 11 January 2008, the aircraft operator advised that it would review the effectiveness of the stipulated galley floor sealing maintenance.

ATSB comment:

During the investigation, the ATSB discussed the background for this safety issue and the associated safety risk with the aircraft operator. The potential for a reduction in the associated risk to as low as reasonably practicable by proactive operator safety action was highlighted.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2008-003-NSA-116
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 13 December 2010
Action status: Closed

In a response to the draft investigation report, the aircraft operator reported that, since the occurrence, and to provide better understanding and clarification for its maintenance personnel, it had made a number of revisions to its galley floor sealing specification document. The intent of those enhancements was to ensure the correct installation of the galley floor sealing.

Last update 07 March 2014