Help requested from ATSB -Qantas 575 accident on 15 December 2019

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Help requested by the ATSB from anybody with any information, video footage or photographs that they consider may be of relevance to the investigation into the Qantas 575 accident on 15 December 2019.

A hydraulic system malfunction occurred followed by a return and evacuation involving Airbus A330, VH-EBC, near Sydney, New South Wales.

The ATSB reported about 30 minutes into the flight the crew identified an issue with the green hydraulic system. The captain decided to return to Sydney.

Due to the green hydraulic failure no nose gear steering was available. The aircraft landed safely, vacated the runway and stopped to wait for the tow, the aircraft was towed to the gate. Soon after the APU was turned on, mist was observed on the flight deck and in the cabin. 

The captain initiated an evacuation via the airbridge and 3 slides. One passenger using the escape slides received serious injuries, two other passengers also using the escape slides received minor injuries. A subsequent examination of the aircraft revealed hydraulic fluid had leaked from the green hydraulic system.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is requesting that passengers on board flight QF575 and/or witnesses that have any information, video footage or photographs that they consider may be of relevance to the investigation to please contact the ATSB via email at QF.575@atsb.gov.au

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