Aviation safety investigations & reports

Operational non-compliance involving Airbus A380, 9V-SKQ, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 9 February 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-011
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase

Summary

The ATSB is investigating an operational non-compliance and subsequent loss of separation involving three aircraft near Sydney Airport, New South Wales on 9 February 2020.

During approach to runway 16R, a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, registered 9V-SKQ, encountered windshear and the crew conducted a missed approach. The A380 did not track in accordance with ATC instructions and turned across the approach path of the parallel runway. The controller instructed the crew of a Bombardier DHC-8-315, registered VH-SBB, on approach to runway 16L to make a right turn. This resulted in a loss of separation with a Boeing 737, registered VH-VYD, on approach to runway 16R.

As part of the investigation the ATSB have contacted the operators involved, and will contact Airservices Australia to obtain relevant incident data.

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: 09 February 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:22 AEDT   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: Operational non-compliance  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A380-841  
Aircraft registration 9V-SKQ  
Serial number 79  
Operator Singapore Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Singapore  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-315  
Aircraft registration VH-SBB  
Serial number 539  
Operator Eastern Australia Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Armidale, New South Wales  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  

Aircraft 3 details

Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VYD  
Serial number 33992  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Adelaide, South Australia  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  
Last update 12 October 2020