Accident Airbus A330-303 VH-QPE, Sunday 21 August 2005
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Date:Sunday 21 August 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A330-303
Registration: VH-QPE
MSN: 593
Year of manufacture:2004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 194
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Osaka-Kansai International Airport -   Japan
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Narita International Airport (NRT)
Destination airport:Perth International Airport, WA (PER)
Investigating agency: ARAIC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On August 20 (Saturday), 2005, an Airbus A330-303, registration VH-QPE, operated by Qantas Airways, took off Narita International Airport at 21:38 (JST) as scheduled Flight 70 to Perth International Airport. At around 23:05, a warning was displayed on the electronic centralized aircraft monitor (ECAM) indicating the presence of smoke in the cargo compartment(s). The crew made the decision to change their destination to Kansai International Airport and, at 00:51 on August 21, the aircraft landed at the airport.
Subsequently, at around 00:58, on its way to a parking spot, a passenger emergency evacuation was conducted using escape slides on the taxiway. During the evacuation, one passenger was seriously injured and eight passengers sustained minor injuries.
There were 194 persons on board including the Captain, 12 other crewmembers and 181 passengers.
There was no damage to the aircraft.

In this accident, it is estimated that, during an emergency evacuation from the aircraft on the ground using slides, one of the passengers sustained serious injury as she fell from the bottom of the slide on her lower back.
It is estimated that the factors contributing to what led to the emergency evacuation was the false recognition of fire by the flight crew, as a consequence starting with the occurrence of spurious smoke warnings while the flight crew could not make sure that no fire was present and due to insufficient communication between the flight crew, Kansai Tower controller and Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd.(KIAC) (officers of Airport Operations Department and Security department (fire fighting)) resulting from such as language problems and inaccurate relay of information.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ARAIC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 7 months
Download report: Final report



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06-Feb-2021 15:59 harro Added

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