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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168786
Last updated: 6 September 2021
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Time:08:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Registration: VH-VQA
MSN: 3783
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Queenstown -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Auckland
Destination airport:Queenstown
During the approach the aircraft descended below two segment minimum safe altitudes. Upon recognising the descent profile error, the crew climbed the aircraft to intercept the correct profile and continued the approach to land.

The ATSB found that, contrary to their intentions, the crew continued descent with the auto-flight system in open descent mode, which did not provide protection against infringing the instrument approach procedure’s segment minimum safe altitudes.



Photo of VH-VQA courtesy

Avalon (YMAV / AVV)
14 March 2009; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

Revision history:

16-Aug-2014 14:41 Aerossurance Added

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