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Aircraft loading event involving Fokker F28, VH-NHZ, Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 26 January 2017

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On 26 January 2017, a Network Aviation Fokker F28, registered VH-NHZ (NHZ), conducted a flight from Perth Airport, Western Australia (WA), to Newman Airport, WA. On board the flight were two flight crew, three cabin crew and 31 passengers.

The aircraft was initially pushed back from the parking bay at about 1600 Western Standard Time (WST), for the Perth-Newman-Perth service. However, another company aircraft, scheduled to operate the Perth-Karratha-Perth service, became unserviceable and the company elected to return NHZ to the gate and reschedule NHZ to operate a Perth-Newman-Karratha-Perth service.

The flight departed Perth and landed at Newman without incident. After arrival at Newman, the ground staff informed the flight crew that the actual baggage weight appeared to be greater than what they expected. The Newman ground staff weighed the baggage, which was found to be about 367 kg greater than what was expected. The flight crew worked with the Newman ground staff to resolve the discrepancy and the flight continued to Karratha and Perth without further incident.

As a result of this incident, the aircraft operator issued an advisory bulletin to communicate to their staff the aircraft loading system requirements, which included the before departure baggage weight crosscheck requirements.

Part of Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 60

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General details
Date: 26 January 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 16:30 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Perth Airport    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Loading related  
Release date: 24 May 2017   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fokker B.V.  
Aircraft model F28MK0100  
Aircraft registration VH-NHZ  
Serial number 11515  
Operator Network Aviation  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Newman, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018