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Near collision involving Cessna 182, VH-JBC, Piper PA-28s, VH-BMS and VH-SEW, near Bankstown Airport, NSW, on 15 April 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-024
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a reported near collision involving a Cessna 172, VH-JBC, a Piper PA-28s, VH-FZW, and a Cessna 182 VH-BMS near Bankstown Airport, New South Wales (NSW), on 15 April 2020.

At about 1300 hrs while tracking from Camden to Cessnock Airport in NSW, at an altitude of 1,900 ft above mean sea level, the pilots of VH-JBC were overhead Parramatta, where they observed a PA-28 aircraft in close proximity on a converging track. The pilots of VH-JBC conducted evasive action in order to increase the distance between the two aircraft. Soon afterwards, the pilots of VH-JBC sighted a Cessna 182 in close proximity, and again conducted evasive actions to increase the distance between the two aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing pilots and reviewing air traffic radar and audio data.

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

General details
Date: 15 April 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:33 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Bankstown Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Near collision  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172S  
Serial number 172S8377  
Operator The Scout Association of Australia  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Camden, New South Wales  
Destination Cessnock, New South Wales  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-BMS  
Serial number 18262414  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bankstown, New South Wales  
Destination Bankstown, New South Wales  

Aircraft 3 details

Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28-151  
Aircraft registration VH-SEW  
Serial number 28-7415541  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Camden, New South Wales  
Last update 06 July 2020