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At about 1500 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, on 17 December 2011, a Cessna 172R aircraft, registered VH-LWX (LWX), landed on runway 13L at Moorabbin Airport. On board were a student pilot and instructor. The student was the handling pilot and the instructor was the pilot in command.

On vacating the runway, LWX was issued a clearance by air traffic services to taxi back to base via taxiway C, but to hold short of runway 13R. The pilot read back the requirement to hold short of runway 13R. The holding point on taxiway C was appropriately marked; however, LWX did not stop at the holding point, but continued across the runway, resulting in a runway incursion.

At the time of the incursion, a Cessna 172S, registered VH-EOR (EOR), with two persons on board, had just touched down to land on runway 13R. On seeing LWX cross the runway, the pilot of EOR applied full power, commenced a go-around, and passed overhead LWX. EOR subsequently completed a circuit and landed safely. There were no injuries or damage to either aircraft.

The pilot in command of LWX reported that he had been distracted by discussions with his student. The quick action by the pilot of EOR demonstrated the need for landing aircraft to keep a good lookout. The incident also highlights the need to avoid distractions when operating on or near an aerodrome.

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General details
Date: 17 December 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1504 ESuT  
Location   (show map):Moorabbin Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of separation 
Release date: 24 May 2012 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-LWX 
Serial number: 17280089 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Moorabbin, VIC
Destination:Moorabbin, VIC
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-EOR 
Serial number: 172S10273 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Moorabbin Airport, VIC
Destination:Moorabbin Airport, VIC

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