Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of separation involving Boeing 737 aircraft, VH-YFW and VH-VZD, near Amberley, Queensland, on 11 October 2018

Investigation number:
AO-2018-070
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a loss of separation involving a Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, registered VH-YFW, and a Qantas Airways Boeing 737 aircraft, registered VH-VZD, near Amberley, Queensland, on 11 October 2018.

The controller issued a weather diversion and approach clearance to the inbound Boeing 737, which resulted in a loss of separation with the departing Boeing 737.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will conduct interviews and gather additional information.

A report will be published at the completion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

General details
Date: 11 October 2018   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
Location   (show map): near Amberley Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of separation  
  Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-8FE  
Aircraft registration VH-YFW  
Serial number 41037  
Operator Virgin Australia Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Proserpine, Qld  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VZD  
Serial number 34198  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic.  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 03 December 2018