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.
|Date:||18 January 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||21:35 ESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Melbourne Aerodrome, 090° M 9Km||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Flight below minimum altitude|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fairchild Industries Inc|
|Operator||Sharp Aviation Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||Air Transport Low Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Launceston, Tasmania|