Aviation occurrence briefs

Go-around involving Mooney Aircraft Corp M20C, at Bankstown, NSW, on 11 September 2018

Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.

What happened

On 11 September 2018 at approximately 1400 Eastern Standard Time, a Mooney Aircraft Corp, M20C, was on final approach into Bankstown, New South Wales, after completing a private flight.

The pilot of the M20C has lowered the aircraft’s undercarriage whilst on the downwind leg of the circuit in preparation for landing. The pilot reported not feeling confident about the 1,500 ft circuit height they were established in and raised the undercarriage to conduct a go-around[1].

ATC observed the landing gear being raised and instructed the pilot to conduct a go-around prior to the pilot being able to communicate their intentions.

The flight proceeded without further incident.

Safety message

If a pilot is not completely satisfied that all the requirements are in place for a safe landing, performing a go-around is a way to ensure safety is not compromised.

The ATSB news article, Have an early decision point for an early and proper go-around has more information about the importance of performing an early go-around when a safe landing is in doubt.

About this report

Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.



  1. A go-around is a safe, standard aircraft manoeuvre, which simply discontinues an approach to landing.
General details
Date: 11 September 2018   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400 AEST    
Location   (show map): Bankstown    
State: New South Wales    
Release Date: 23 November 2018   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Mooney Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model M20C  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Bankstown, NSW  
Last update 12 December 2018