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Incorrect configuration during an approach involving Airbus A320, VH-VNR, near Sydney, NSW, 16 October 2019.

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an incorrect configuration involving an Airbus A320, registered VH-VNR, on 16 October 2019.

During an approach to Sydney Airport’s runway 16L, the aircraft's configuration was not correct for that particular phase of flight. This led to an EGPWS SPEED alert at about 1300 ft. The aircraft's speed and configuration were corrected and the approach was stable by 1000 ft. The aircraft landed normally.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will consider interview material, aircraft digitally recorded data, and other relevant flight documentation.

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 relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 16 October 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 3:05 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 28 km N, Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Unstable approach  
  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-VNR  
Serial number 5900  
Operator Tiger Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Queensland  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  
Last update 09 December 2019