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VH-UOP was on descent from Broken Hill to Mildura. The pilot of VH-UOP made appropriate radio calls on the Mildura mandatory traffic advisory frequency (MTAF) and took note of traffic. He copied 238 degrees as the outbound track for one of the aircraft from Mildura. VH-SFQ advised VH-UOP that there was another aircraft just ahead. At the same moment the pilot of VH-UOP saw a single engine Cessna within 500 metres diving off to the left in a right hand descending turn. The pilot of VH-UOP took no evasive action. He made a general broadcast directed to any aircraft in the Dareton area. VH-RFB responded. VH-RFB's track ex Mildura was 338 degrees direct for Broken Hill, not 228 degrees as earlier copied by VH-UOP. Some of the radio transmissions from VH-RFB were muffled, which brought about the misunderstanding. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the incident: 1. Some of the radio transmissions from VH-RFB were hard to understand. 2. The pilot of VH-UOP misunderstood a radio transmission from VH-RFB.
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General details
Date: 26 March 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:20 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Separation issue 
 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 26 October 1994 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 404 
Aircraft registration: VH-UOP 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Broken Hill NSW
Destination:Mildura VIC
 
 
 
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