Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper Aircraft Corp PA-24-260, VH-EKB, Essendon Aerodrome, 76 deg M 15 Km

Investigation number:
Status: Discontinued


Occurrence investigations commenced from 1 July 2003 are initially categorized as level 4 unless agreed by the ATSB Executive to be above this level at the outset. As detailed in Section 21 (2) of the TSI Act 2003, the Executive Director is empowered to discontinue an investigation at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act 2003 requires the Executive Director to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation (commenced from 1 July 2003) within 28 days of discontinuing the investigation.

An investigation was commenced into a level 4 occurrence involving a Piper PA-24 aircraft, registered VH-EKB, that was cleared to conduct an instrument approach to Essendon Airport on 26 October 2007. At the time, air traffic controllers were concerned that the aircraft was below the glide path for the instrument approach. The preliminary investigation found that the aircraft became clear of cloud and the pilot was flying visually, but had not notified air traffic control (ATC) of this. The pilot was only recently rated to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and had originally planned for a visual arrival into Essendon Airport, however the weather conditions had deteriorated. During the investigation, the pilot was advised to ensure that he kept air traffic control aware of the progress of the flight and any subsequent changes. As the circumstances were considered not likely to have significant implications for transport safety compared with other priorities, the Executive Director has discontinued the investigation.

Status: Downgraded the occurrence to level 5

General details
Date: 26 October 2007   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 1956 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Essendon Aero, 76 deg M 15 km    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance  
Release date: 30 October 2007   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-24  
Aircraft registration VH-EKB  
Serial number 24-4851  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Essendon, Victoria  
Last update 03 April 2020