Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A150-M, VH-DVZ, Coolangatta QLD, 18 April 1991

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
Location   (show map): Coolangatta    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 11 June 1991   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014