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Flight below the minimum safe altitude involving Beechcraft Baron 95-B55, VH-CBG, 5 km north of Parafield Airport, South Australia, on 13 May 2021

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a flight below minimum safe altitude involving a Beechcraft Baron 95-B55, VH-CBG, on 13 May 2021.

While conducting a visual approach at night under the instrument flight rules to runway 21 Right at Parafield Airport, the aircraft was manoeuvred outside of the circling area while below the minimum safe altitude. The pilot lost visual contact with the runway, and after regaining visual contact, manoeuvred the aircraft to re-join the circuit for runway 21 Right.

As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine air traffic control recordings and interview crew.

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 appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 13 May 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 9:26 UTC   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Parafield Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 95-B55  
Aircraft registration VH-CBG  
Serial number TC-1698  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Ceduna, South Australia  
Destination Parafield, South Australia  
Last update 15 June 2021