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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 5 July 2013, the ATSB commenced an investigation into an airspace related event involving a Cessna 208B, registered VH-WZJ, and an unknown aircraft, later identified as VH-BSL, a Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-20 aircraft, at Horn Island, Queensland on 31 May 2013.

Examination of the voice recordings collected during the investigation indicated that the pilots of both aircraft had made broadcasts on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). Furthermore, the pilot of VH-BSL indicated that he was holding short on runway 08, to allow VH-WZJ to land on the cross runway (14).

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: 31 May 2013 Investigation status: Discontinued 
Time: 1400 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Horn Island Airport Occurrence type:Separation issue 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 18 July 2013 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Discontinued Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208 
Aircraft registration: VH-WZJ 
Serial number: 208B1108 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Departure point:Yorke Island ,Qld
Destination:Horn Island Airport, Qld
 
 
 
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Last update 06 June 2014