ATSB probes low-flying Virgin Australia jet

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The Australia Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a 30 July incident in which a Virgin Australia Embraer 190 flew below the minimum safe altitude while approaching Essendon Airport.

The aircraft, with registration VH-ZPA, "was about 700 feet [213m] below its assigned altitude", said ATSB.

The aircraft was flying from Sydney to Melbourne.

ATSB confirmed that there were no injuries, and it classified this incident as "operational non-compliance".

ATSB is still conducting its investigations and expects to issue its final findings in December.