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On 16 October 2008, at about 0615 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Fairchild Industries SA227, registered VH-UZA, took off from runway 32 at Mackay Airport, Qld. At the same time, the flight crew of another Fairchild Industries SA227, registered VH-EEO, was conducting a backtrack on the active runway 32.

The crews of both aircraft took avoiding action.

There were a number of opportunities for the departing pilot to have confirmed that his aircraft radio was operating correctly, and to have verified the actual position of the backtracking aircraft. Had the departing pilot availed himself of those opportunities, he would have been afforded an increased level of assurance that the runway was clear.

Confirmation that runway 32 was clear prior to commencing the departure was attempted, but not obtained, by the departing pilot.

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General details
Date: 16 October 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0615 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Mackay Aerodrome Occurrence type:Separation issue 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 24 June 2009 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227 
Aircraft registration: VH-UZA 
Serial number: AT-502 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Mackay Qld
Destination:Townsville Qld
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandCommercial1850
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227 
Aircraft registration: VH-EEO 
Serial number: AT-564 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane Qld
Destination:Mackay Qld
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerATPL23486562
 
 
 
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