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Runway incursion - Port Macquarie Airport, 5 January 2007, Bombardier Inc. DHC-8-315, VH-TQZ, Piper Aircraft Corp. PA-28R-201, VH-TBB

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Status: Completed
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On 5 January 2007, a Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow, registered VH-TBB, was approaching Port Macquarie Airport, NSW, in class G airspace under the visual flight rules from the south. The aircraft had descended from 2,500 ft above mean sea level and was approaching to join the circuit on left crosswind for runway 03. At about the same time, a de Havilland Dash 8 aircraft, registered VH-TQZ, and a Piper PA-31 Mojave, registered VH-PGW, both operating under the instrument flight rules, were preparing to depart from the airport. The airspace surrounding Port Macquarie Airport was designated as a common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) (R), where the carriage and use of very high frequency radio was required.

On short final for runway 03, the pilot of the Arrow reported seeing the Dash 8 enter the runway. He immediately broadcast his position and prepared to initiate a missed approach. The crew of the Dash 8 saw the approaching Arrow at the same time as the Arrow pilot's broadcast. They advised that they would vacate the runway without delay, vacating via taxiway B1 as the Mojave pilot manoeuvred his aircraft to assist the Dash 8's runway departure. The pilot of the Arrow continued his approach and landed.

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General details
Date: 05 January 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400 ESuT    
Location   (show map): Port Macquarie    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 14 May 2008   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8  
Aircraft registration VH-TQZ  
Serial number 555  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Port Macquarie, NSW  
Destination Sydney, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-TBB  
Serial number 28R-7737153  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Port Macquarie, NSW  
Last update 18 April 2018