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.
|Date:||28 September 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||15:30 AWST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Laverton Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Runway excursion|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fokker B.V.|
|Aircraft model||F28 MK 0100|
|Operator||ALLIANCE AIRLINES PTY LIMITED|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Perth Airport, Western Australia|
|Destination||Laverton Airport, Western Australia|