Aviation safety investigations & reports

Incorrect configuration involving Bombardier DHC-8-400, registered VH-QOY, near Sydney, NSW, 12 July 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an incorrect configuration involving Bombardier DHC-8-400, registered VH-QOY, near Sydney Airport, New South Wales, on 12 July 2021.

After take-off, the flight crew did not retract the landing gear. This was not identified during the after take-off checks but discovered later during the climb. After confirming it was safe to do so, the flight crew retracted the landing gear and returned the aircraft to Sydney.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crew and reviewing operator procedures, flight crew records and recorded 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: 12 July 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1630 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: near Sydney   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Incorrect configuration  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-402  
Aircraft registration VH-QOY  
Serial number 4288  
Operator QantasLink  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, New South Wales  
Destination Albury, New South Wales  
Last update 19 July 2021