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When a Dash-8 entered the circuit on a 5 mile final for runway 36, an amateur Vans RV-6 reported downwind for runway 27. The Dash-8 crew attempted to contact the pilot of the RV-6 but were unable establish clear communications with the pilot to determine the precise position of the RV-6 and to clarify the pilot's intentions. As a pre-cautionary measure, the Dash-8 crew elected to climb to 2,000 ft to avoid the RV-6. Witnesses on the ground reported sighting the RV-6 behind and below the Dash-8 on the extended centreline of runway 36/18 as the Dash-8 began the climb. The RV-6 was not detected visually or by TCAS. The Dash-8 was re-positioned for an approach to runway 09 when the crew had received a transmission from the RV-6 pilot which indicated that he had landed on runway 36.
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General details
Date: 16 January 2000 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 20:40 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Air-ground-air 
Release date: 25 January 2000 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: RV-6 
Aircraft registration: VH-OOG 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Ceduna, SA
Destination:Mildura Vic.
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-8-102 
Aircraft registration: VH-WZJ 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne Vic.
Destination:Mildura Vic.
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