The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating two aircraft preparation incidents that occurred in the first week of August.

The first incident involves a Qantas Airbus A330, registered VH-QPC, which was dispatched on a scheduled passenger service from Brisbane to Tokyo Narita. The aircraft however operated the 4 August flight with a component of the required navigation equipment recorded as unserviceable, notes the bureau.

The second incident is a loading event concerning an Air North Embraer EMB 120, registered VH-ANQ, on 6 August. During take-off from Darwin, the pilot noticed that the aircraft did not perform as expected.

The crew then reviewed the aircraft load sheet after departure and noted that some baggage and freight had not been included in the load calculations. Recalculations were then made and the turboprop continued to the destination without incident, as it remained within centre of gravity limits and did not exceed structural limits.

There were no injuries nor damage to the aircraft in both cases. The ATSB will be interviewing the flight crew to gather more information, and expects to issue final reports in December.

Source: Cirium Dashboard