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Separation issue involving Bombardier DHC-8, VH-QOV, and Eurocopter MBB-BK 117, VH-EHQ, on 26 November 2016

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On 26 November 2016, a Bombardier DHC-8-402 aircraft, registered VH-QOV (QOV), operating scheduled passenger flight QF2320 from Brisbane, commenced descent to Bundaberg Airport, Queensland (Qld). At about the same time, a Eurocopter MBB-BK 117 helicopter, registered VH-EHQ (EHQ), was being prepared to depart Bundaberg.

The flight crew of QOV made the required broadcasts while on approach to Bundaberg and received no responses from other potentially conflicting aircraft. While QOV was on final approach, EHQ departed on a potentially conflicting flight path to QOV. The flight crew of QOV received a traffic advisory on EHQ and was able to visually sight the helicopter. By this time EHQ had commenced a turn to their destination and the projected flight paths of the aircraft were now clear.  

The incident highlights the fundamental importance of effective communication, particularly during operations at a non-controlled aerodrome.

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 58

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General details
Date: 26 November 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 09:22 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Bundaberg Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
Release date: 24 March 2017   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-402  
Aircraft registration VH-QOV  
Serial number 4277  
Operator Sunstate Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Bundaberg, Qld  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Eurocopter  
Aircraft model MBB-BK117 C-1  
Aircraft registration VH-EHQ  
Serial number 7502  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 14 November 2018