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Aircraft proximity event between Beech 1900, VH-EMK and Airparts FU-24, VH-HVP, Jabiru Airport, NT, 5 October 2012

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Status: Completed
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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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Jabiru Airport    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 27 February 2013   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

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 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  
Last update 14 November 2018