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On 26 January 2016, flight operations at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, changed from utilising runway 16 for arriving aircraft and runway 27 for departures, to all operations on runway 16. Coordination of this change with Essendon Airport air traffic control, as was required due to the proximity of the two airports, did not occur.

At the time of the Melbourne Airport runway changes, a Robinson R44 helicopter, registered VH-WYR, was operating overhead Essendon Airport not above 1,500 ft. Shortly after 0700 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, two Boeing 737 aircraft, registered VH-YFN and VH-VZV, departed Melbourne and, while in cloud, came within 3 NM (5.6 km) of the helicopter.

The investigation is continuing.

 
General details
Date: 26 Jan 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 07:01 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Essendon Airport west 5 km Occurrence type:Breakdown of co-ordination 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Airspace 
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: Sep 2016  
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 II 
Aircraft registration: VH-WYR 
Serial number: 10085 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Essendon, Vic.
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-YFN 
Serial number: 41009 
Operator: Virgin Australia 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-838 
Aircraft registration: VH-VZV 
Serial number: 34189 
Operator: Qantas Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic
 
 
 
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Last update 13 May 2016