Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway incursion involving a Piper PA-31, VH-ITF, and a Saab 340B, VH-ZRH, at Carnarvon Airport, Western Australia, on 31 August 2020

Investigation number:
AO-2020-045
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating the runway incursion involving a Piper PA-31, registered VH-ITF, and a Saab 340B, registered VH-ZRH, at Carnarvon Airport, Western Australia, on 31 August 2020.

The Saab 340B entered the active runway after the Piper PA-31 had commenced its take-off roll. The PA-31 rejected the take-off.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crew from both aircraft and witnesses, a review of any available recorded flight data, and the weather at the time of the occurrence.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 31 August 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 17:00 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Carnarvon Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway incursion  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-31  
Aircraft registration VH-ITF  
Serial number 31-7812014  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Carnarvon, Western Australia  
Destination Geraldton, Western Australia  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Saab Aircraft Co.  
Aircraft model 340B  
Aircraft registration VH-ZRH  
Serial number 340B-392  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Carnarvon, Western Australia  
Destination Perth, Western Australia  
Last update 17 November 2020