Aviation safety investigations & reports

Landing gear damage involving Airbus A320, VH-VFL near Sydney, New South Wales, on 5 March 2020

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase

Final report

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What happened

On the afternoon of 5 March 2020, an Airbus A320, registered VH-VFL and operated by Jetstar Airways landed at Proserpine, Queensland, on a scheduled passenger service from Sydney, New South Wales. On the walk around after landing, damage was found to the nose gear landing light and the left main landing gear, including a pierced hydraulic brake line.

Fluid was subsequently found in the landing gear wheel well. No evidence of a strike or foreign object debris was found on the runway at Proserpine or Sydney. There was no indication that the aircraft had been struck by ground support equipment prior to departure from Sydney, and no recent maintenance had been performed on the left main landing gear.

What the ATSB found

The ATSB determined that the nose gear landing light was probably struck and damaged during departure from Sydney. However, the source of the damage could not be determined. The glass lens from the nose gear landing light most likely struck the main landing gear, resulting in the pierced hydraulic brake line.

Safety message

Visual inspections play an important role in maintaining the safety of an aircraft. In this case, a vigilant flight crew identified damage that could have otherwise impacted on the safety of future flights. Flight crew are encouraged to be attentive in their post-flight inspections, even when the flight has been completed without incident.

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The investigation

General details
Date: 05 March 2020   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:00 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Near Sydney Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hydraulic  
Release date: 12 February 2021   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VFL  
Serial number 5489  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Sydney, New South Wales  
Destination Proserpine, Queensland  
Last update 12 February 2021