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The aircraft was 4 miles southwest of Sydney turning right onto heading 160 for left downwind runway 34, and was assigned descent to 4000 feet. Radar information indicated that the aircraft had descended to 3000 feet and this was confirmed by the pilot. The aircraft was recleared to climb immediately to 4000 feet for separation with departing traffic on runway 25. The crew reported that the cockpit workload at the time was high and the pilot not flying missed the "500 feet to go" call. The pilot flying continued the descent to 3000 feet, forgetting that he had been assigned 4000 feet.
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General details
Date: 20 July 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 7:50 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance 
Release date: 12 October 1993 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Short Bros Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: SD360-300 
Aircraft registration: VH-MJU 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Moruya NSW
Destination:Sydney NSW
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