Aviation safety investigations & reports

Landing gear malfunction and return involving Airbus A320, VH-VFN, Sydney Airport, NSW on 1 August 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a landing gear malfunction and return involving an Airbus A320, registration VH-VFN, at Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 1 August 2019.

During take-off, the left main landing gear torque damper pin sheared and the landing gear could not be retracted. The crew conducted a return to Sydney. During a runway inspection, the pin was located on the runway. The post-flight inspection revealed that three hydraulic lines were damaged.

The ATSB will interview involved parties, 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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 01 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:10 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Landing gear/indication  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VFN  
Serial number 5566  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Gold Coast, Qld  
Last update 02 December 2019