Aviation safety investigations & reports

Low fuel event involving Boeing 737-838, VH-VZO, abeam Wave Rock, Western Australia on 18 July 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a low fuel event involving Boeing 737-838, registered VH-VZO that occurred abeam Wave Rock, Western Australia on 18 July 2022.

During descent, the crew declared an emergency due to the amount of fuel on board and proceeded to land at Perth. The aircraft landed with reserves intact.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 18 July 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 02.19 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Abeam Wave Rock   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Fuel - Other  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2023    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737-838  
Aircraft registration VH-VZO  
Serial number 34191  
Operator Qantas  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane Airport  
Destination Perth Airport  
Last update 20 July 2022