Aviation safety investigations & reports

Incorrect configuration for landing involving Boeing 737, VH-XMO, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 27 January 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an aircraft configuration incident involving a Boeing 737, freighter aircraft registration VH-XMO, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 27 January 2021.

On final approach to Sydney the aircraft crew received an Electronic Ground Proximity Warning System alert, because the aircraft landing gear had not been selected down. The flight crew conducted a go around and the aircraft subsequently landed without further incident.   

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the pilots 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 appropriate safety action can be taken. 

General details
Date: 27 January 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 2230 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sydney Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-376  
Aircraft registration VH-XMO  
Serial number 23488  
Operator Express Freighters Australia Pty Limited  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Sydney, New South Wales  
Last update 02 February 2021