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Aircraft proximity - Piper Cherokee, PA-28-140, VH-TXW, & Cessna Aircraft 172S, VH-TSP, 3 km NW Brighton, Vic, 20 January 2011

Investigation number:
AO-2011-007
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 20 January 2011, a Piper Aircraft Corporation PA‑28-140 aircraft, registered VH-TXW (TXW), was approaching the Moorabbin, Victoria inbound visual flight rules (VFR) approach point of Brighton. At the same time, a Cessna Aircraft Company 172 aircraft, registered VH-TSP (TSP), had departed Moorabbin, tracking   for Williamstown via Brighton. TSP was at an altitude of about 1,500 ft at Brighton.

When about 1.5 NM (3 km) north-west of the Brighton visual flight rules (VFR) approach point, descending through 1,600 ft, the pilot of TXW observed TSP on a reciprocal track, about 200 ft below and a horizontal distance of 2 km. In response, the pilot of TXW took evasive action and observed TSP pass about 100 ft below the left wing of his aircraft. The pilot of TSP did not see TXW.

When flying in the vicinity of busy airports, pilots should be aware of the potential traffic conflicts, particularly around VFR approach points. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority's VFR Flight Guide recommends that aircraft departing Moorabbin should avoid the inbound approach points. For aircraft flying inbound via these approach points, it is important for pilots to maintain a vigilant lookout for conflicting traffic and be aware that aircraft may be in unexpected locations.

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General details
Date: 20 January 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1627 EDT    
Location   (show map): 3 kn NW Brighton   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 16 May 2011   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-TXW  
Serial number 28-7425064  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Moorabbin, Vic.  
Destination Moorabbin, Vic.  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-TSP  
Serial number 172S9017  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Moorabbin, Vic  
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