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Ground proximity event involving a Cessna 208, VH-LNI and a vehicle, Jurien Bay (ALA), WA on 31 December 2013

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Status: Completed
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On 31 December 2013, at about 0945 Western Standard Time (WST), the driver of an ambulance received a telephone call from the State Operations Centre to meet a rescue helicopter at the Jurien Bay aeroplane landing area (ALA), Western Australia.

At about 0950, the pilot of a Cessna 208 aircraft, registered VH LNI (LNI), landed at Jurien Bay (ALA) and parked at the northern apron, in front of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) terminal, with the engine running, in preparation for the arrival of parachutists. At about 0955, the ambulance arrived at the aerodrome at the RFDS gate. The driver stopped the ambulance and unlocked the gate and cut rope barriers that had been erected and were blocking ambulance access to the RFDS terminal.

The ambulance entered the airport and proceeded via the RFDS apron towards the runway. The driver reported that the ambulance deviated past the standing aircraft leaving about 14 m distance from the aircraft propeller. The pilot of LNI estimated the distance to be about 3 m.

The ambulance then entered the runway and drove towards the helipad, about 300 m south of the RFDS apron. While driving along the runway, the ambulance driver received a call from the Operations Centre advising that the helicopter was at the Jurien Bay marina awaiting the ambulance for patient transfer. He made a U turn and returned via the same route, and reported again deviating around the stationary aircraft maintaining a safe distance. The pilot of LNI reported that the ambulance passed within about 2 m of the aircraft wingtip.

This incident highlights the importance of understanding local procedures around non-controlled aerodromes, in particular having agreements between users of a facility.


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General details
Date: 31 December 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0955 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Jurien Bay (ALA)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision  
Release date: 19 March 2014   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 208  
Aircraft registration VH-LNI  
Serial number 20800298  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Jurien Bay, WA  
Destination Jurien Bay, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018