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The pilot of VH-KWG called Essendon tower saying words to the effect that "he was just down from Mildura, a bit short on fuel and requesting an approach to the airstrip on the left". The Essendon tower controller checked his radar screen and noted a primary return on a left base for runway 16 at Melbourne. The return was confirmed as being KWG. At the same time a B727, VH-ANB, was joining final for runway 16 approximately three miles behind KWG. The Essendon tower controller coordinated with the Melbourne tower controller to divert ANB to avoid a serious conflict on final approach. KWG was retained on Essendon tower frequency and cleared to land on runway 16 at Melbourne. Investigation revealed that the pilot was from another state and not familiar with the area. He had planned a flight from Mildura to Wangaratta. He was using a portable GPS but its battery went flat during the flight and its DC power supply system was not working. Having lost GPS information, he tuned the aircraft's ADF to Wangaratta but did not check the morse code identifier. Furthermore, there were isolated thunderstorms in the area and the pilot had been diverting around cloud en route. He did not have an Enroute Supplement or an ERC Low or a WAC chart. He was carrying an ONC chart. He reported that he followed the ADF needle until he saw Melbourne Airport where he finally landed.
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General details
Date: 23 February 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 18:26 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Lost/unsure of position 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 25 February 1997 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172H 
Aircraft registration: VH-KWG 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Mildura Vic
Destination:Wangaratta Vic
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 727-277 
Aircraft registration: VH-ANB 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Destination:Melbourne Vic
 
 
 
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