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On departure the pilot of VH-DXI requested climb to amended altitude 10,000. Due to another aircraft just ahead at 8000 feet the controller issued a clearance to climb to amended altitude 7000 feet. On climb the pilot's attention was diverted when a passenger spoke to him. The aircraft had climbed to almost 8000 feet when the controller queried the pilot on his altitude. The pilot apologised and descended back to 7000 feet. The longitudinal separation at the time was four miles, instead of the required five miles. Significant Factor The following factor was considered relevant to the development of the incident: 1. The pilot inadvertently climbed the aircraft above the altitude he was cleared to.
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General details
Date: 18 December 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:52 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Loss of separation 
Release date: 17 January 1995 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: R182 
Aircraft registration: VH-UOE 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Parkes NSW
Destination:Geelong VIC
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31T2 
Aircraft registration: VH-DXI 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Mangalore VIC
Destination:Essendon VIC
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