The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a runway incursion incident involving a Bombardier DHC-8, VH-LQJ, at Gladstone Aerodrome, Queensland on 17 March 2020.
After commencing taxi and before entering the runway, the flight crew reported making a taxiing call on the local airways frequency. Before entering runway 28 to backtrack for departure, the flight crew reported checking for traffic. Believing there to be no traffic, the flight crew transmitted the intention to enter the runway and backtrack, and then entered the runway. Shortly after entering the runway, the flight crew observed an aircraft climbing overhead at about 300-400 ft in the go-around. The flight crew identified that the incorrect local airways frequency had been set, and changed to the correct frequency. The two aircraft then arranged further separation, and LQJ departed Gladstone for Brisbane.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB has contacted the operators involved, and will obtain available relevant ATC data.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||17 March 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0645 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Gladstone Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Runway incursion|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bombardier Inc|
|Operator||Sunstate Airlines (Qld)|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Gladstone, Queensland|