Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aircraft preparation event involving BAe 146-300, VH-NJZ, Sydney Airport, NSW, on 22 January 2019

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


The ATSB is investigating an aircraft preparation event involving an British Aerospace (BAe) 146-300, VH-NJZ at Sydney Airport, NSW on 22 January 2019.

At about 0455 on 22 January the aircraft took off with the rear tail stand attached. After take-off the tail stand sheared off resulting in foreign object debris on the runway.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will among others tasks interview witnesses and ground crew and examine operator manuals and procedures.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.  

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 22 January 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0455 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Aircraft preparation  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer British Aerospace PLC  
Aircraft model BAe 146-300  
Aircraft registration VH-NJZ  
Serial number E3126  
Operator National Jet Express  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 26 March 2020