Aviation safety investigations & reports

Airspace related event between a Cessna 208, VH-WZJ and unknown aircraft, Horn Island Airport, Qld, 31 May 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 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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Horn Island Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 18 July 2013   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018