Investigation number
AO-2022-062
Occurrence date
Location
Sydney Airport
State
New South Wales
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
ANSP operational error
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Anticipated completion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an air traffic control error that occurred at Sydney Airport on 14 November 2022, involving a taxiing Boeing 737 and an Airbus A380 aircraft, departing on runway 34L.

The Boeing 737 had recently landed on runway 25. When issuing the landing clearance, the aerodrome controller had provided the flight crew traffic information about the Airbus A380, lined-up but holding position on the threshold of the intersecting runway, 34L.

The Airbus A380 was issued a take-off clearance as the Boeing 737 crossed through the intersection of the runways. The Boeing 737 vacated runway 25 onto the taxiway and the flight crew contacted the surface movement controller, who issued clearance to cross runway 34L and taxi to their allocated parking bay.

The Boeing 737 crew were reported to have seen the Airbus A380 still on its take-off roll and queried the runway crossing clearance with the controller, who then issued an instruction to hold short of the runway.

The Airbus A380 was on its initial climb as it passed through the taxiway intersection, with the Boeing 737 about 300 m from the runway 34L holding point.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview involved parties, examine recorded data, review relevant procedures and collect other evidence as required.

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

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Melbourne Airport, Victoria
Destination
Sydney Airport, New South Wales
Model
737-8SA
Serial number
44225
Sector
Jet
Registration
VH-IWQ
Operation type
Part 121 Air transport operations - larger aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
The Boeing Company
Aircraft Operator
Virgin Australia Airlines
Aircraft Details
Departure point
Sydney Airport, New South Wales
Destination
Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
Model
A380-841
Serial number
79
Sector
Jet
Registration
9V-SKQ
Operation type
Part 129 Foreign air transport operators
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Airbus
Aircraft Operator
Singapore Airlines