Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway incursion involving GIE Avions de Transport Regional ATR72, VH-VPJ, Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 25 September 2019

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


The ATSB is investigating a runway incursion involving an ATR 72, registered VH-VPJ and operated by Virgin Australia Airlines, which occurred at Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, at 1903 Eastern Standard Time on 25 September 2019.

The flight crew requested and were issued with a taxi clearance to holding point Golf for a take-off on runway 35. Air traffic control then cleared the aircraft for take-off. The flight crew taxied the aircraft to intersection Golf and then turned on to runway 30 instead of runway 35. The flight crew later advised that, as they turned on to runway 30 they realised something was wrong, and soon after air traffic control advised them to stop. Air traffic control then provided the flight crew with instructions to taxi to holding point November for a departure from runway 35.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, review data from the aircraft’s flight data recorder and air traffic control recordings, and gather additional information as required.

A 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: 25 September 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Canberra Airport, ACT   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Australian Capital Territory   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
Release date: 30 September 2019   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions de Transport RĂ©gional  
Aircraft model ATR72-212A  
Aircraft registration VH-VPJ  
Serial number 1169  
Operator Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Canberra, ACT  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 10 September 2020