Aviation safety investigations & reports

GPWS warning involving a Hawker Beechcraft B200, VH-LTQ, near Strahan Airport, Tasmania, 3 June 2013

Investigation number:
Status: Discontinued


Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) empowers the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to discontinue an investigation into a transport safety matter at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

On 7 June 2013, the ATSB commenced an investigation into a ground proximity warning system (GPWS) event involving a Hawker Beechcraft B200C, registered VH-LTQ, near Strahan aerodrome, Tasmania on 3 June 2013.

Examination of the information collected during the investigation determined that the GPWS warnings received by the pilot were false. The operator advised the ATSB that they had identified that the aircraft’s terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) database did not include Strahan aerodrome resulting in the false warnings and have put in place measures to prevent its reoccurrence.

Accordingly, the ATSB decided that there was limited potential to enhance transport safety by continuing this investigation, and has elected to discontinue it. 

General details
Date: 06 June 2013   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 1920 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Strahan Airport    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: E/GPWS warning  
Release date: 17 June 2013   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corporation  
Aircraft model 200  
Aircraft registration VH-LTQ  
Serial number BL-170  
Type of operation Medical Transport  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Launceston, Tas.  
Destination Strahan, Tas  
Last update 14 November 2018