Aviation safety investigations & reports

Separation issue involving Airbus A320, VH-VQG, and Aero Commander 500, VH-UJS, near Sunshine Coast Airport, 4 November 2019

Investigation number:
AO-2019-062
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation issue involving Airbus A320, VH-VQG, and Aero Commander 500, VH-UJS, near Sunshine Coast Airport, on 4 November 2019.

Passing 700 ft on approach to Sunshine Coast Airport, the flight crew of the Airbus A320 received a traffic collision avoidance system alert on the Aero Commander, which was departing from the reciprocal runway. The pilot of the Aero Commander conducted a turn to increase separation between the two aircraft. The A320 flight crew continued the approach and the aircraft landed without further incident.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview directly involved parties and obtain other relevant information, including recorded data.

A report will be released at the end of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 04 November 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 6:35 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sunshine Coast Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VQG  
Serial number 2787  
Operator Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, New South Wales  
Destination Sunshine Coast, Queensland  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Aero Commander  
Aircraft model 500-S  
Aircraft registration VH-UJS  
Serial number 1797  
Operator General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sunshine Coast, Queensland  
Destination Maryborough, Queensland  
Last update 09 December 2019