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The crew of VH-KDO were given a runway 16 Strathbogie standard instrument departure (SID) and were told to maintain 3000 feet. After take off they were cleared to climb to 4000 feet. Shortly afterwards, the air traffic controller noticed the transponder mode C altitude readout increase to above 4000 feet. When the crew were queried on the altitude deviation they promptly descended back to 4000 feet. However, a loss of separation occurred with VH-JQF, an airwork aircraft, tracking in an easterly direction to the south of Melbourne and maintaining 5000 feet. Significant Factors The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the incident: 1 The crew of VH-KDO did not maintain the assigned altitude of 4000 feet.
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General details
Date: 06 December 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:54 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Loss of separation 
Release date: 26 March 1996 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227-DC 
Aircraft registration: VH-KDO 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne Vic
Destination:Albury NSW
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-44-180 
Aircraft registration: VH-JQF 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melton Vic
Destination:Melton Vic
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