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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  
Location   (show map):Bankstown Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Near collision 
Release date: 23 July 2010 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
 
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 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
 
 
 
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