Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway incursion - Mackay airport safety vehicle, 29 June 2012

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Status: Completed
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On 29 June 2012, at about 1757 Eastern Standard Time, a Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft, registered VH-LWW (LWW), took off from runway 05 at Mackay Airport on a charter flight to Emerald, Queensland.

At that time, an Airport Safety Officer (ASO) was conducting an airfield runway and lighting inspection in an airfield safety vehicle and moving in a north-westerly direction along runway 32. Despite an earlier air traffic control instruction to hold short of runway 05, the ASO was distracted by a telephone call and continued along runway 32, crossing runway 05. LWW passed over the airfield safety vehicle by an estimated vertical distance of 30 ft.

This incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant during airside operations, and to be mindful of the potential distraction presented by portable communication devices.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin - Issue 13

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General details
Date: 29 June 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1759 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Mackay Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
Release date: 27 November 2012   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-LWW  
Serial number 31-8112034  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 14 November 2018