The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced an investigation into the weather diversion from Sydney Airport to an emergency alternate airport involving Qantas B787-9, registered VH-ZNJ, on 18 February 2023.
During approach, the aircraft encountered moderate turbulence and high wind conditions and the approach became unstable. The crew conducted a missed approach and advised ATC of minimum fuel conditions. The crew diverted the aircraft to Williamtown where ground handling equipment was not sufficient for the aircraft size. The investigation is continuing.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.