Aviation safety investigations & reports

Operational non-compliance involving a Bell Helicopter Co 206B, VH-EPQ, Richmond, NSW on 1 February 1993

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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VH-EPQ was cleared into the Richmond Control Zone on track to Riverstone, not above 500 feet on QNH. VH-EPQ was observed by the control tower supervisor proceeding north of Riverstone. When challenged by the tower controller, he reported 2 nautical miles (nm) south of Oakville. VH-EPQ proceeded to Oakville from Riverstone without a clearance, breaking down separation with Stal Thunder One on Tacan One final. No Holding instructions were given to VH-EPQ by the tower. The pilot of VH-EPQ was contacted and he said that he had complied with the terms of his clearance and that at no time was he anywhere near the C130 which he saw about 2000 feet above and one and a half to two miles away.
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General details
Date: 01 February 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 23:07 UTC    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model 206B  
Aircraft registration VH-EPQ  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point BANKSTOWN  
Destination OAKVILLE