Aviation safety investigations & reports

Aircraft preparation involving a Boeing 787-9, registration VH-ZNJ, discovered at Los Angeles International Airport, USA on 22 September 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a flight preparation event involving a Boeing 787, VH-ZNJ, that departed Melbourne, Australia, on 22 September 2021

During the post-flight inspection following an uneventful flight to Los Angeles, United Sates, the engineer discovered that the static port vents on both engine fan cowls were covered with engineering tape.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include a review and examination of maintenance records 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: 22 September 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:55 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Los Angeles, United States of America   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: International   Occurrence type: Flight Preparation / Navigation  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 787-9  
Aircraft registration VH-ZNJ  
Serial number 66074  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne International Airport, Victoria  
Destination Los Angeles International Airport, California, USA  
Last update 13 October 2021