The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a flight below minimum altitude involving a Piper PA-31P-350, VH-XGW, on 22 March 2021.
While the aircraft was conducting an instrument approach to Bankstown Aerodrome runway 11C, the aircraft was observed to be tracking south of and parallel to the published instrument approach. ATC notified the aircraft of the tracking error and issued a terrain alert with an instruction that the aircraft conduct the published missed approach. The aircraft responded with a request for a visual approach. On receiving confirmation that the aircraft was visual, ATC issued a visual circling approach. The aircraft was then observed to conduct two low level orbits. ATC issued a second terrain alert. The aircraft subsequently joined the Bankstown circuit and landed on runway 11C.
As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine ATC recordings and interview crew.
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.
|Date:||22 March 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1450 AEDT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||6.4 km NW of Bankstown Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Flight below minimum altitude|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Aircraft model||PA-31P-350 Mojave|
|Operator||Airmed Australia Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Dubbo, New South Wales|
|Destination||Bankstown, New South Wales|