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Separation issue involving Saab 340B, VH-ZLV, and Beech Aircraft B200, VH-WXB, near Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Queensland on 21 October 2021

Investigation number:
AO-2021-044
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a reported separation issue involving Rex Airlines Saab 340B, registered VH-ZLV, and a Beech Aircraft B200, registered VH-WXB, at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Queensland, on 21 October 2021.

It was reported that the two aircraft were inbound for Brisbane West Wellcamp and had established communications with each other on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). Both crews agreed that ZLV would join the circuit first followed by WXB.

At about 0830 AEDT, while on the downwind leg for runway 12, the crew of ZLV observed WXB cross their flight path about 300 ft below and received a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory (RA). The crew disconnected the autopilot and commenced a climb until they were clear of conflict. Shortly after, the pilot of WXB observed ZLV out to the left of the aircraft. The crew of ZLV contacted the pilot on the CTAF and notified them of the TCAS alert. Both crews had each other visible and agreed that ZLV would go as number one in the circuit followed by WXB. Both aircraft re-joined the circuit and landed safely.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the flight crews involved, and reviewing recorded communications, flight data and relevant documents.

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: 21 October 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 08:30 E. Australia Standard Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane West Wellcamp Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model B200  
Aircraft registration VH-WXB  
Serial number BB-1041  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Turboprop  
Departure point Roma  
Destination Brisbane West Wellcamp Aerodrome  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Saab Aircraft Co.  
Aircraft model 340B  
Aircraft registration VH-ZLV  
Serial number 340B-386  
Operator Regional Express  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Departure point Brisbane Airport  
Destination Brisbane West Wellcamp Aerodrome  
Last update 29 October 2021