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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  
Location   (show map):Perth Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Interference from the ground 
Release date: 27 February 2013 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 18 April 2018