Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel data event involving Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQE, at Tamworth Regional Airport, New South Wales, 15 January 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a fuel data event involving a Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-TQE, at Tamworth Regional Airport, New South Wales (NSW) on 15 January 2021.

Prior to departure, the flight crew operating a scheduled passenger service from Tamworth Regional Airport, NSW, to Sydney Airport, NSW, reportedly entered incorrect fuel data into the load sheet and the aircraft’s flight management system. The aircraft subsequently departed and the error was not detected until the aircraft was at cruise altitude.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include the examination of operational data and interviews with the flight crew.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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: 15 January 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 17:45 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Tamworth Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loading related  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-315  
Aircraft registration VH-TQE  
Serial number 596  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Tamworth, New South Wales  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  
Last update 09 February 2021