Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airspace-related event, Mackay Airport, QLD, 16 October 2008, Fairchild Industries SA227, VH-UZA, Fairchild Industries SA227, VH-EEO

Investigation number:
AO-2008-073
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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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 level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Mackay Aerodrome    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 24 June 2009   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 1850

Aircraft 2 details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL 2348 6562
Last update 14 November 2018