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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 19 May 2015, the ATSB commenced an investigation into an EGPWS warning and missed approach involving a SAAB 340B, VH-OLL, 7 km north of Wynyard Airport, Tasmania on 13 May 2015.

Approaching Wynyard, the crew elected to conduct a Sector A, GNSS Arrival procedure followed by a circling approach onto runway 27.

After passing the final approach fix and still on descent in visual conditions, the PF turned the aircraft onto a right downwind for runway 27. Moments later the crew received an EGPWS TERRAIN warning and they elected to conduct a missed approach. The crew re-briefed and conducted the VOR-Z Runway 27 approach and landed without incident.

The ATSB reviewed the FDR data and interviewed the crew. The data revealed that the EGPWS rate of closure spiked as the aircraft crossed the coast during the manoeuvre onto the right downwind leg. The coastline at Wynyard has a raised landmass known as Table Cape with several masts located on top of the feature.

All approaches were conducted well within guidelines and the crew acted appropriately in regard to the missed approach. As there were no safety issues identified, the ATSB has decided to discontinue its investigation.

General details
Date: 13 May 2015 Investigation status: Discontinued 
Time: 20:10 EST  
Location   (show map):Wynyard Airport, N 7 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: E/GPWS warning 
Release date: 23 July 2015 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Discontinued Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Saab Aircraft Co. 
Aircraft model: 340B 
Aircraft registration: VH-OLL 
Serial number: 340B-175 
Operator: Regional Express 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Destination:Burnie, Tas.
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Last update 14 November 2018