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Near collision between an ATR 72, VH-FVR, and a Piper PA-28, VH-XDI, near Albury, NSW, on 19 October 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation issue involving a Virgin Australia ATR 72, VH-FVR, and an Australian Airline Pilot Academy Piper Aircraft PA-28, VH-XDI, near Albury Airport, on 19 October 2019.

Passing 1,300 ft on a straight in approach to runway 25 at Albury Airport in visual meteorological conditions, the flight crew of the ATR 72 received a traffic collision avoidance system alert on the PA-28, which was turning final for runway 25. The flight crew of the ATR 72 conducted a missed approach to increase separation between the two aircraft. 

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: 19 October 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Albury   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Near collision  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28-161  
Aircraft registration VH-XDI  
Serial number 2842301  
Operator Australian Airline Pilots Academy  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Wagga, Wagga, NSW  
Destination Albury, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72-212A  
Aircraft registration VH-FVR  
Serial number 1058  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Albury, NSW  
Last update 26 May 2020