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Weather balloon event involving Bombardier DHC-8-400, VH-LQG, Perth Airport, WA, 26 October 2012

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 26 October 2012, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 aircraft, registered VH-LQG, departed Perth on a scheduled passenger service to Geraldton, Western Australia. Shortly after takeoff, at about 700 ft, the captain observed a weather balloon above, in his 1 o’clock position. The captain advised the first officer, who immediately initiated a slight left turn. The balloon was observed to pass about 10-20 m laterally from the right wingtip. The captain advised air traffic control.

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General details
Date: 26 October 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0715 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Perth Airport    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Interference from the ground  
Release date: 27 February 2013   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8  
Aircraft registration VH-LQG  
Serial number 4376  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Geraldton, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018