ATSB - Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 62

The ATSB has released a Short Investigations Bulletin, covering the findings of a number of short aviation investigations and highlighting valuable safety lessons for pilots, operators and safety managers....

Tailstrike involving Airbus A320, VH-VGF, at Melbourne Airport, Victoria on 11 May 2016

The ATSB found that during rotation, the cadet pilot applied a larger than normal sidestick pitch input resulting in a higher than normal pitch rate....

ATSB?s Corporate Plan

The ATSB has released its latest corporate plan, outlining the agency?s priorities, deliverables and challenges for the coming four years....

Tyre failure and flap asymmetry event involving Boeing 787, VH-VKA Near Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore, on 13 May 2017

While the condition of the tyre and the exact fault with the flaps were unknown to the flight crew at the time of their decision-making, this occurrence highlights the importance of following failure management procedures....

Safeskies conference 2017

Former ATSB Investigator Joe Hattley has been appointed as the manager of the Safeskies 2017 conference....

Engine failure involving Airbus A330, 9M-XXE, near Carnarvon, WA, on 25 June 2017

Interviews and analysis of recorded flight data, indicated that the flight crew conducted an in-flight engine shutdown and returned to Perth. The shutdown engine continued to rotate in the airflow, resulting in ongoing airframe vibration....

Hard landing involving Robinson R44, VH-LGN, Channel Point, Northern Territory, on 18 August 2017

Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing....

Collision between track worker and passenger train at Petrie, Queensland on 29 May 2017

On 29 May 2017 at about 2225, a suburban passenger train struck a protection officer at Petrie station, while he was implementing protection for a track closure on the recently opened Moreton Bay rail corridor. The protection officer received life threating injuries as a result of the accident and subsequently died later that evening. The investigation is continuing......

Signal passed at danger by suburban passenger train 1W33, near Roma Street Station, Queensland on 5 September 2017

The ATSB is investigating the signal passed at danger by suburban passenger train 1W33, near Roma Street Station, Queensland on 5 September 2017....

Engine failure and forced landing involving Jabiru J430, VH-OFR, 17 km S of Bundaberg, Queensland, on 18 June 2017

The engine experienced a failure within cylinder five, leading to a complete engine power loss. The cause of the failure could not be determined....

Collision with terrain involving Diamond DA40, VH-YPQ, near Port Macquarie Airport, on 8 September 2017

The aircraft was being used to conduct dual night circuit training, and there was an instructor and student pilot on board. Shortly after departing runway 21, the aircraft impacted terrain....

Noel Hart reappointed

The ATSB welcomes the reappointment of Noel Hart to the ATSB Commission....

Engine failure involving SAAB 340, VH-RXS, near Dubbo Airport, NSW, on 23 March 2017

This incident highlights the importance of effective training and emergency procedures. Faced with an abnormal situation, the training provided to the flight crew ensured they were able to effectively implement the standard failure procedures, secure the failed engine and return for a safe landing....

Forced landing involving Bell 206, VH-ONE, 39 km NNE Sydney Airport, NSW, on 11 June 2017

The post-incident inspection of the helicopter revealed the power turbine governor drive shaft had sheared. Further examination revealed that the governor spool bearing had failed and sheared the spool bearing guide post. This resulted in consequential damage to other parts within the governor and the failure of the drive shaft....

Engine failure and forced landing of Piper PA-28-181, VH-BDB, 15 km WSW of Bankstown Airport, NSW on 19 September 2017

The aircraft was on a training flight with two people on board. During the flight, the engine failed and the crew conducted a forced landing. Upon landing, the aircraft contacted trees and was substantially damaged....