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Summary

On 26 November 2016, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 aircraft, registered VH-QOV (QOV), operating scheduled passenger flight QF2320 from Brisbane, commenced descent to Bundaberg Airport, Queensland (Qld). At about the same time, a Eurocopter MBB-BK 117 helicopter, registered VH-EHQ (EHQ), was being prepared to depart Bundaberg.

The flight crew of QOV made the required broadcasts while on approach to Bundaberg and received no responses from other potentially conflicting aircraft. While QOV was on final approach, EHQ departed on a potentially conflicting flight path to QOV. The flight crew of QOV received a traffic advisory on EHQ and was able to visually sight the helicopter. By this time EHQ had commenced a turn to their destination and the projected flight paths of the aircraft were now clear.  

The incident highlights the fundamental importance of effective communication, particularly during operations at a non-controlled aerodrome.

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 58

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