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Aircraft proximity event - VH-FKU and VH-HJH, Bankstown Aero NSW, 25 August 2009

Investigation number:
AO-2009-054
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 25 August 2009, a Piper Cherokee PA28-161 aircraft, registered VH-FKU, was approaching Bankstown Aerodrome, New South Wales (NSW) from reporting point 2RN in the south-west to join on a crosswind leg for runway 29 right (29R). At the same time, a Piper Chieftain PA31-350 aircraft, registered VH-HJH, was approaching Bankstown Aerodrome from Cessnock to join on a downwind leg for runway 29R. Both aircraft were being operated under the visual flight rules.

The pilot of the Cherokee was given traffic information by air traffic control and instructed to widen out to the left and told to expect to follow the Chieftain that was tracking to join on a downwind leg for runway 29R. The pilot of the Cherokee acknowledged the instruction, but subsequently turned downwind in front of and inside the flightpath of the Chieftain. Traffic information was passed to the pilots of both aircraft and the pilot of the Chieftain made a steep descending turn to avoid a collision.

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General details
Date: 25 August 2009   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1709 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bankstown Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 23 July 2010   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-FKU  
Serial number 28-7916234  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bankstown, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-HJH  
Serial number 31-7752127  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Cessnock, NSW  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018