Aviation safety investigations & reports

Tracking deviation during approach involving Fairchild SA227, VH-OZV, 9 km E of Melbourne Airport, Vic. on 18 January 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a tracking deviation during approach involving a Sharp Airlines Fairchild SA227.

While the pilot was conducting an instrument landing system approach at night in instrument meteorological conditions to runway 27 at Melbourne Airport, the aircraft deviated north of the approach track. At a distance of about 5 nautical miles from the runway, the deviation exceeded 0.7 nautical miles. Both air traffic control and the pilot identified the deviation and the pilot then manoeuvred the aircraft to regain the approach track. The aircraft landed safely without further incident.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include reviewing recorded communications, radar surveillance data and weather information, and interviewing the pilot.

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: 18 January 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 21:35 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Melbourne Aerodrome, 090° M 9Km   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Flight below minimum altitude  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Industries Inc  
Aircraft model SA227-AC  
Aircraft registration VH-OZV  
Serial number AC-610B  
Operator Sharp Aviation Pty Ltd  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Launceston, Tasmania  
Destination Melbourne, Victoria  
Last update 28 January 2021