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Aircraft loading issue - VH-­ZPF, Adelaide Aerodrome, 16 May 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 16 May 2010, an Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft, registered VH-ZPF, was being operated on a positioning flight from Adelaide, South Australia (SA) to Brisbane, Queensland (Qld). After arriving in Brisbane, the pilot in command (PIC) reported that the load and trim sheet for the aircraft was inaccurate due to certain items being counted twice in the aircraft's load and trim calculations.

It was found that an error occurred when the Adelaide airport movements coordinator (AMCO), during a period of high workload, inadvertently selected the incorrect aircraft configuration in the company's computerised load and trim system.

The aircraft was not operated outside its weight and balance limitations; however, there were implications for how the pitch trim was set prior to takeoff.

The operator has raised an amendment to its flight operations manual to clarify the correct configuration to use when compiling a load and trim sheet for a positioning flight. The operator has also implemented changes to its load control system software to prevent the inadvertent selection of the incorrect configuration while preparing a load and trim sheet.

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General details
Date: 16 May 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0610 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Adelaide Aerodrome    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loading related  
Release date: 14 October 2010   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica  
Aircraft model ERJ 190  
Aircraft registration VH-ZPF  
Serial number 19000193  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Adelaide SA  
Destination Brisbane Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018