Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway excursion involving Fokker F100 aircraft, VH-FKD, Laverton Airport, WA, 28 September 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a runway excursion involving a Fokker F100, VH-FKD, at Laverton Airport, Western Australia, on 28 September 2021.

During taxi after landing, the flight crew reported that the right side steering tiller for the nose wheel was very heavy to turn at the end of the runway, and the left main wheels subsequently left the runway surface. The flight crew continued to taxi to the apron and disembarked without further incident.

Engineering inspection of the forward equipment bay found torn insulation contacting the nose wheel steering cable drum. After the torn insulation was removed the aircraft was declared serviceable.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crew, 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: 28 September 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:30 AWST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Laverton Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fokker B.V.  
Aircraft model F28 MK 0100  
Aircraft registration VH-FKD  
Serial number 11357  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth Airport, Western Australia  
Destination Laverton Airport, Western Australia  
Last update 14 October 2021