Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of separation involving a Cessna 310, VH-XXT and a Cessna 210, VH-RQD, Darwin Airport, 17 February 2012

Investigation number:
AO-2012-030
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 17 February 2012, at about 1315 Central Standard Time, a Cessna 210, registered VH-RQD (RQD), was backtracking runway 18 for the general aviation parking area at Darwin airport, Northern Territory.  At the same time, a Cessna 310, registered VH-XXT (XXT), was holding at taxiway Echo 2 (E2) for an intersection departure from runway 29. 

The surface movement controller instructed RQD to cross runway 29 at about the same time as the aerodrome controller cleared XXT for takeoff on runway 29. It was estimated both visually and by radar that XXT then overflew RQD crossing the runway by between 150 ft and 500 ft.

Runway incursions are recognised as an ongoing safety concern for the aviation industry and have been cited in numerous accidents world-wide. They can be the result of many different factors and involve pilots, controllers and vehicle drivers. This incident highlights the need for controllers to remain vigilant in monitoring and scanning the runway, both prior to, and after issuing take-off and runway crossing clearances to pilots.

 

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 17

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General details
Date: 17 February 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1321 CST    
Location   (show map): Darwin Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Loss of separation  
Release date: 23 April 2013   Occurrence class: Airspace  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 310  
Aircraft registration VH-XXT  
Serial number 310R1617  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Darwin, NT  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-RQD  
Serial number 21061693  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 14 November 2018