Aviation safety investigations & reports

Douglas DC9-31, VH-TJS, Coolangatta QLD, 6 May 1988

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Status: Completed
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Shortly after VH-TJS entered the circuit for runway 14, as number three to land behind two light aircraft, the Aerodrome Controller (ADC) commenced vectoring a Boeing 737 aircraft for descent and approach to land on the opposite direction runway 32. On short final the pilot in command of VH-TJS became aware of aircraft lights approaching from the opposite direction. Shortly afterwards the Boeing crew advised that the aircraft was on final for runway 32, and was instructed by the ADC to continue the approach. The pilot in command of VH-TJS initiated a go-around from a height of about 100 feet above the ground. The Boeing 737 was then cleared to land, and VH-TJS carried out a circuit and landing on runway 14. The pilot of VH-TJS subsequently stated that he was not told of the opposite direction traffic, and said he believed the other aircraft to be following him for a landing on runway 14. Investigation revealed that, during the vectoring process, the ADC specifically mentioned that the other aircraft was for runway 32 on three occasions. At the time VH-TJS commenced the go-around the Boeing 737 was about 4 miles (7.5 kilometres) from the end of the runway at about 1000 feet altitude. There was no breakdown in separation standards or Air Traffic Control procedures.

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General details
Date: 06 May 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2115    
Location: Coolangatta    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 15 June 1988   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp.  
Aircraft model DC-9  
Aircraft registration VH-TJS  
Serial number 47550  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Coolangatta QLD