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Runway incursion between a Cessna 206, VH-LHX and a Cessna 210, VH-HGZ, Gove Airport, NT, 13 August 2013

Investigation number:
AO-2013-162
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 13 August 2013, the pilot of a Cessna 210 aircraft, registered VH-HGZ (HGZ), was conducting a charter flight from Groote Eylandt to Gove Airport, Northern Territory. Prior to commencing the descent, the pilot broadcast an inbound call on the Gove common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). Soon after, the pilot reported broadcasting a call advising he was at 10 NM, inbound, with the intention of joining the base leg of the circuit for runway 31.

At about the same time, the pilot of a Cessna 206 aircraft, registered VH-LHX (LHX), broadcast a call on the CTAF advising that he was taxiing at Gove. Shortly after, the pilot broadcast another call stating that he was entering and backtracking runway 13.

The pilot of HGZ joined base for runway 31 and broadcast a call. The pilot stated that he was aware of LHX taxiing.

The pilot of LHX contacted the pilot of HGZ and confirmed that he was approaching runway 31. The pilot of LHX then immediately broadcast a call advising that he was on the runway and was lining up for runway 13, but no response was received. The pilot of LHX then broadcast his intention to hold at the turning node, which was located mid-way along the runway, but within the confines of the flight strip. The pilot of HGZ responded and advised that he had LHX sighted and was on final approach for runway 31. 

HGZ landed on runway 31 and vacated the runway. At the time, LHZ was positioned at the turning node, but the runway was still occupied. LHX subsequently departed from runway 13.

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General details
Date: 13 August 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1450 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Gove Airport    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
Release date: 10 December 2013   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-HGZ  
Serial number 21060430  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Groote Eylandt, NT  
Destination Gove, NT  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-LHX  
Serial number U20603555  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Gove, NT  
Destination Baniyala, NT  
Last update 14 November 2018