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Runway incursion - SAAB 340, VH-ZLH / Vans RV10, VH-PGX, Taree Airport, NSW, 23 March 2012

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Status: Completed
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At 1400 Eastern Daylight-saving Time on 23 March 2012, as a Vans RV-10 registered VH-PGX (PGX) became airborne at about 65 kts, the pilot of PGX observed another aircraft enter runway 22 at Taree NSW and turn right for the threshold of runway 04. PGX passed directly overhead the other aircraft at about 300 ft.

The other aircraft was identified as a Regional Express, SAAB Aircraft Co 340B registered VH-ZLH (ZLH). After the incident, the captain of ZLH established contact with PGX and neither aircraft experienced problems communicating with the other.

As a result of the incident, the operator of ZLH will amend procedures to more clearly define radio procedures for both flight crew and ground staff at those Common Traffic Advisory Frequency aerodromes without an Aerodrome Frequency Response Unit.

This incident highlighted the need for pilots to apply all available methods to maintain separation with other aircraft when operating outside controlled airspace. These methods include the utilisation of both alerted and un-alerted see-and-avoid principles, the use of on-board collision avoidance systems where fitted and all available aircraft lighting.

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General details
Date: 23 March 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400 EDT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Taree Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
Release date: 25 June 2012   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co  
Aircraft model 340  
Aircraft registration VH-ZLH  
Serial number 340B-376  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Taree, NSW  
Destination Grafton, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Vans RV-10  
Aircraft registration VH-PGX  
Serial number 72091  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Taree, NSW  
Destination Port Macquarie, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018