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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.

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On 6 July, 2015 the ATSB commenced an investigation into a reported near collision involving an Aeroprakt 22LS, registered VH-EVQ and a Piper PA28, registered VH-NRZ at Bankstown Airport, New South Wales on 28 June 2015.

As per procedure, the pilot of the PA28 called Bankstown Tower when at Prospect Reservoir, for a clearance to enter the control zone. ATC  issued a clearance for the PA28 to join downwind for runway 29 R and maintain 1,500 ft. Shortly after, ATC issued a traffic alert to the pilot of PA28. As the PA28 was tracking in a southerly direction from Prospect, making it in potential conflict with an airborne Aeroprakt 22LS. The Aeroprakt 22LS was climbing after the pilot had been cleared for a departure from runway 29R. The pilot of the Aeroprakt 22LS manoeuvred to the left to increase separation with the PA28.

The ATSB reviewed the recorded air traffic control data. The data indicated that the separation distance between the two aircraft was not as close as first reported, meaning that a near collision did not occur. The ATSB did not identify any systemic issues that contributed to the incident and assessed that no safety issues would be identified by continuing the investigation. On that basis, the ATSB has decided to discontinue the investigation.

 
General details
Date: 28 June 2015 Investigation status: Discontinued 
Time: 14:52 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Bankstown Airport Occurrence type:Separation issue 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 27 July 2015 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Discontinued Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aeroprakt Ltd 
Aircraft model: 22LS 
Aircraft registration: VH-EVQ 
Serial number: 182 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Bankstown, NSW
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28-181 
Aircraft registration: VH-NRZ 
Serial number: 2843051 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Bankstown, NSW
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
 
 
 
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