Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hydraulic system failure involving Boeing 757, VH-TCA, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand, on 5 February 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a hydraulic system failure involving a Boeing 757, VH-TCA, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand, on 5 February 2018.

While passing 6,000 ft on climb from Auckland Airport, the flight crew received a left hydraulic system warning. After they actioned the appropriate checklist, the right hydraulic system also failed. The flight crew elected to return to Auckland, and the aircraft landed without further incident.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, obtain engineering reports, review recorded data, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 05 February 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 8:20 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Auckland International Airport, New Zealand   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: International   Occurrence type: Hydraulic  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 757-236  
Aircraft registration VH-TCA  
Serial number 25620  
Operator Tasman Cargo Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Auckland, NZ  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 18 February 2019