Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airspace related event involving Kingair, VH-VAH and Ag-Cat, VH-IFE Swan Hill aerodrome, Victoria, 21 November 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 224KB]

On 21 November 2012, a Beech 200 Kingair aircraft, registered VH-VAH (VAH) turned onto final approach for runway 26 at Swan Hill aerodrome, Victoria.  At the same time, an Ag-Cat aircraft VH- IFE (IFE) was approaching the circuit at about one hundred feet above ground level, from the north-west.

The pilot of VAH had made all mandatory radio broadcasts on the CTAF frequency and had not received a reply since earlier negotiating separation with a departing aircraft.

When at about four hundred feet above ground level and configured for landing, the pilot of VAH first noticed IFE. He broadcast his position and intentions, but received no reply. IFE continued a curved approach and landed on the grass section, north of the sealed section of runway 26. To maintain a safe separation, VAH landed long and well clear of IFE.

IFE was not fitted with a radio. The pilot always relied on a hand-held one. On this occasion he had inadvertently left the radio at home.

The ATSB’s Safety Watch initiative highlights safety around non-towered aerodromes as one of the major safety concerns that arise from investigation findings.


Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 16

Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 224KB]
General details
Date: 21 November 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0942 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Swan Hill    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 21 March 2013   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corporation  
Aircraft model 200  
Aircraft registration VH-VAH  
Serial number BL-156  
Type of operation Medical Transport  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Mildura, VIC  
Destination Swan Hill, VIC  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Schweizer Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model G-164  
Aircraft registration VH-IFE  
Serial number 114B  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 14 November 2018