Aviation safety investigations & reports

Landing events involving Boeing 737s VH-YIS at Darwin Airport 3 September 2021 and VH-YFC at Darwin Airport 19 September 2021

Investigation number:
AO-2021-037
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating two separate occurrences, where on 3 September 2021 and 19 September 2021, two Boeing the 737s landed long at Darwin Airport after both flight crews misinterpreted which end of the runway was subject to a displaced threshold.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include a review and examination of any available flight data recordings and interviews with flight crew members and the gathering of any other relevant evidence.

A report will be published 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: 03 September 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:00 AUS Central Standard Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Darwin Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Flight Preparation / Navigation  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-8FE  
Aircraft registration VH-YIS  
Serial number 39926  
Operator VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRLINES PTY LTD  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne Airport, Victoria  
Destination Darwin Airport, Northern Territory  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-81D  
Aircraft registration VH-YFC  
Serial number 39413  
Operator VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRLINES PTY LTD  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane Airport, Queensland  
Destination Darwin Airport, Northern Territory  
Last update 13 October 2021