On the afternoon of 1 February 2007, a Piper PA-28R Cherokee
Arrow, with the pilot, a flight instructor and a passenger was
approaching to land on Runway 22 at Leongatha aerodrome, Vic. At
the same time the pilot of a Cessna 188B Agwagon was taking off on
Runway 18 at Leongatha.
Both aircraft were operating under the visual flight rules
(VFR). When the Arrow was on base leg, the pilot of the Agwagon
broadcast on the Leongatha common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF)
that he intended to conduct aerial spraying operations on a
property 2 NM to the north of the aerodrome and that he would
depart from Runway 18. The instructor and the pilot of the Arrow
heard that transmission but did not visually check the position of
the Agwagon on the ground. After turning onto final, the pilot of
the Arrow broadcast his intention to make a full stop landing on
Runway 22, but that transmission was not heard by the pilot of the
Agwagon. The pilot of the Agwagon reported that he visually checked
the approach to Runway 22 before commencing his takeoff, but did
not see the Arrow.
When the Arrow was on the landing roll on Runway 22 and the
Agwagon had just become airborne on Runway 18, the two aircraft
collided at the intersection of the runways. Both aircraft were
substantially damaged but none of the occupants were injured.
The investigation found that the lookout by the pilots of both
aircraft was not adequate to ensure that there was no conflicting
traffic for their respective operations. Neither aircraft displayed
landing lights that may have improved the chance of the pilots
seeing each other. Sun glare may have increased the difficulty for
the pilots of the Arrow seeing the Agwagon.