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On 5 October, 2012, a Beech 1900 VH-EMK was operating a passenger carrying charter flight from Darwin to Jabiru, Northern Territory.

With no response to their broadcasts on the local Jabiru aerodrome frequency, and no other aircraft observed on the aircraft traffic monitoring system, the crew continued their approach onto runway 09 at Jabiru. When approaching 5 NM to touchdown, the crew observed a ‘glint’ on the runway and broadcast on the local frequency, again with no response.

At about the same time, an Airparts FU-24, VH-HVP, had broadcast entering and back-tracking the runway for a departure in the opposite direction. The pilot of HVP heard a broadcast from EMK and believed they were further back in the approach.

As HVP was commencing the take-off run, the crew in EMK and the pilot in HVP saw each other and both immediately initiated avoidance manoeuvres.

It was found that the radio in HVP had not been broadcasting, due to an incorrectly positioned switch.

As a result of this incident, the operator of VH-HVP has arranged for all pilots to re-visit company Standard Operating Procedures on radio transmissions and low-level survey flying.

This incident demonstrates the importance of checking the serviceability of radio equipment prior to flight. In particular, the use of available resources such as AFRU for ensuring the radio is transmitting.

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 15

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General details
Date: 05 October 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0654 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Jabiru Airport Occurrence type:Near collision 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 27 February 2013 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 1900 
Aircraft registration: VH-EMK 
Serial number: UC-159 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Darwin, NT
Destination:Jabiru, NT
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airparts NZ Ltd 
Aircraft model: FU-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-HVP 
Serial number: 282 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Jabiru, NT
Destination:Jabiru, NT
 
 
 
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