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The pilot had been cleared to transit the Coolangatta control zone southbound at 2000 feet. He was instructed to remain east of the coast and to report abeam Jupiters Casino. The pilot subsequently reported abeam the Coolangatta Control Tower, and was instructed to report again at Hastings Point which is the southern boundary of the control zone. A Bandierante aircraft inbound to Coolangatta was descending through 2200 feet, about seven miles south of the airport, when the crew saw a Cessna on a reciprocal heading pass below the right wing. The pilot of the Cessna had not complied with the instruction to remain over water, and passed in close proximity to the opposite direction traffic. The pilot of the Cessna did not see the Bandierante, and said that the radio was difficult to understand as his headphones were not compatible with radio. The Cessna was on a ferry flight to Tasmania, and the pilot who was 79 years of age said he was not familiar with Coolangatta airspace.

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General details
Date: 18 April 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1455 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Coolangatta Occurrence type:Miscellaneous - Other 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 11 June 1991 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-DVZ 
Serial number: A1500563 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Rockhampton QLD
Destination:Ballina QLD
 
 
 
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