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The ATSB is investigating the descent below the radar lowest safe altitude involving Embraer EMB-135KL, registered VH-ZJG, near Essendon Airport, Victoria, on 28 October 2017.

The aircraft was being radar vectored for a left circuit to runway 35. On the base leg, the aircraft descend below the assigned altitude, which was the radar lowest safe altitude of 2,100 ft. The aircraft descend to 1,600 ft before the problem was identified, and the fight crew then climbed the aircraft back to 2,100 ft.

The investigation is continuing and will involve reviewing recorded data, interviewing the flight crew and gathering additional data.

General details
Date: 27 October 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 22:23 ESuT Investigation phase: Final report: External review 
Location   (show map):near Essendon Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Flight below minimum altitude 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica 
Aircraft model: EMB-135KL 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZJG 
Serial number: 145522 
Operator: TBA 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Dubbo, NSW
Destination:Essendon, Vic.
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Last update 03 December 2018