Investigation number
AO-2024-006
Occurrence date
Location
Los Angeles International Airport
State
International
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Final report: Internal review
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Foreign object damage / debris
Occurrence category
Incident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a foreign object debris event that involved an Airbus Industrie A380-842, registration VH-OQI, at Los Angeles International Airport, on 2 January 2024.

During a maintenance inspection, a tool was found behind the fan blades of number 1 engine. It was confirmed to be a compressor turning tool which had been identified as missing since 6 December 2023.

The ATSB has completed the evidence collection and analysis phases of the investigation and has drafted the final report.

The draft report is undergoing internal review prior to external review by the involved parties.

The 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.

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Aircraft Details
Departure point
Sydney Airport, NSW
Destination
Los Angeles International Airport
Model
A380-842
Serial number
0055
Sector
Jet
Registration
VH-OQI
Operation type
Part 121 Air transport operations - larger aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Airbus
Aircraft Operator
Qantas Airways Limited