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E/GPWS Warning and missed approach, involving a SAAB 340B VH-OLL, 7 km north of Wynyard Airport, Tasmania on 13 May 2015

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 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   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Wynyard Airport, N 7 km    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: E/GPWS warning  
Release date: 23 July 2015   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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.  
Last update 14 November 2018