Aviation safety investigations & reports

Unforecast weather involving Boeing 737-838, VH-VYZ, Adelaide Airport, South Australia, on 16 August 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a weather related event involving a Boeing 737-838, registered VH-VYZ, that occurred at Adelaide Airport, South Australia on 16 August 2020.

While enroute, the forecast weather at the destination airport deteriorated. On arrival to the airport, the crew conducted a missed approach due to reduced visibility and commenced holding. The crew then conducted an auto-land after a period of holding.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crew and reviewing recorded flight data.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 16 August 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 9:15 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Adelaide Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Unforecast weather  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VYZ  
Serial number 34190  
Operator Qantas Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Queensland  
Destination Adelaide, South Australia  
Last update 25 September 2020