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Flight control event involving Boeing 737-800, registration VH-YFZ, at Gold Coast Airport, Queensland on 27 April 2022

Investigation number:
AO-2022-029
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating flight control event involving Boeing 737-800, registration VH-YFZ, at Gold Coast Airport, Queensland on 27 April 2022.

During initial climb and again on approach, the crew reported reported an uncommanded roll to the right and cabin crew reported abnormal noise during the climb. The engineering inspection revealed the outboard left flap was skewed to the right. The inspection also found damage to the hardware associated with the flap’s operation, including the inboard program roller and support which had fractured and departed the aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the crew, analysing recorded data and examining the relevant components.

A report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 27 April 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 07:07 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Gold Coast Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Flight control systems  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-800  
Aircraft registration VH-YFZ  
Serial number 41005  
Operator VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AIRLINES PTY LTD  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Gold Coast Airport, Queensland  
Destination Sydney Airport, New South Wales  
Last update 06 May 2022