Aviation safety investigations & reports

Separation event involving an Aeroprakt 22LS, VH-EVQ and a Piper PA-28, VH-NRZ at Bankstown Airport, NSW on 28 June 2015

Investigation number:
AO-2015-072
Status: Discontinued

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.

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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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 27 July 2015   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

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 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  
Last update 14 November 2018