Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway intersection collision - Leongatha Aerodrome, VIC, 1 February 2007, Cessna 188B, VH-BCT and Piper PA-28R, VH-WDS

Investigation number:
200700304
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On the afternoon of 1 February 2007, a Piper PA-28R Cherokee Arrow, with the pilot, a flight instructor and a passenger was approaching to land on Runway 22 at Leongatha aerodrome, Vic. At the same time the pilot of a Cessna 188B Agwagon was taking off on Runway 18 at Leongatha.

Both aircraft were operating under the visual flight rules (VFR). When the Arrow was on base leg, the pilot of the Agwagon broadcast on the Leongatha common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) that he intended to conduct aerial spraying operations on a property 2 NM to the north of the aerodrome and that he would depart from Runway 18. The instructor and the pilot of the Arrow heard that transmission but did not visually check the position of the Agwagon on the ground. After turning onto final, the pilot of the Arrow broadcast his intention to make a full stop landing on Runway 22, but that transmission was not heard by the pilot of the Agwagon. The pilot of the Agwagon reported that he visually checked the approach to Runway 22 before commencing his takeoff, but did not see the Arrow.

When the Arrow was on the landing roll on Runway 22 and the Agwagon had just become airborne on Runway 18, the two aircraft collided at the intersection of the runways. Both aircraft were substantially damaged but none of the occupants were injured.

The investigation found that the lookout by the pilots of both aircraft was not adequate to ensure that there was no conflicting traffic for their respective operations. Neither aircraft displayed landing lights that may have improved the chance of the pilots seeing each other. Sun glare may have increased the difficulty for the pilots of the Arrow seeing the Agwagon.

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General details
Date: 01 February 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1950 ESUT    
Location   (show map): Leongatha    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 26 February 2008   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-BCT  
Serial number 18803406T  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leongatha, Vic  
Departure time 1950  
Destination Leongatha, Vic  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 2074 4859

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-WDS  
Serial number 28R-30401  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Hamilton, Vic  
Destination Leongatha, Vic  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 250 4220
Last update 18 April 2018