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.
|Date:||15 January 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||17:45 ESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Tamworth Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Loading related|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bombardier Inc|
|Operator||EASTERN AUSTRALIA AIRLINES PTY. LIMITED|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Tamworth, New South Wales|
|Destination||Sydney, New South Wales|