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During a search mission, the crew of the P3 Orion aircraft, operating at 1,200 ft, sighted a Cessna 402 on a reciprocal track at 1,000 ft. The Orion crew took avoiding action. The incident occurred near the boundary of the designated search areas of the two aircraft.

General details
Date: 28 December 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0900 hours ESuT  
Location   (show map):Tasman Sea Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Near collision 
Release date: 17 July 2001 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: P-3 
Aircraft registration: A9-665 
Type of operation: Military 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Unknown
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402 
Aircraft registration: VH-PEH 
Serial number: 402B0913 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Unknown
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