Aviation safety investigations & reports

Flight below minimum safe altitude involving SAAB 340, VH-OLM, near Williamtown Airport, NSW on 28 March 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On 28 March 2019, Regional Express Airlines SAAB 340 aircraft registered VH-OLM was conducting a night visual approach to Williamtown Airport NSW, with eight passengers and three crew on-board. During the approach, the aircraft descended below minimum safe altitude.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview witnesses and obtain other relevant evidence and information.

A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 28 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1945 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Williamtown Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight below minimum altitude  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Saab Aircraft Co.  
Aircraft model 340B  
Aircraft registration VH-OLM  
Serial number 340B-205  
Operator Regional Express  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Williamtown, NSW  
Last update 13 November 2019