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
|Date:||25 September 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Canberra Airport, ACT||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|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:||2nd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional|
|Operator||Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Canberra, ACT|