Investigation number
AO-2022-039
Occurrence date
Location
near Parafield Aerodrome
State
South Australia
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Flight below minimum altitude
Occurrence category
Incident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced a transport safety investigation into a flight below minimum altitude involving a Beech Aircraft Corp 95-B55, registered VH-ALR, that occurred on approach to Parafield Airport, South Australia, on 12 August 2022.

At about 1300 local time, the pilot of VH-ALR was conducting an RNAV (GNSS) approach for runway 21R in instrument meteorological conditions. The aircraft descended below the segment minimum safe altitude (3,000 ft) as it approached the intermediate approach waypoint.

The approach controller responded to a system-generated minimum safe altitude warning and coordinated with the tower controller to issue the pilot a safety alert. The pilot initiated a climb to correct the profile and then continued the approach. The aircraft landed without further incident.

Should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Port Augusta Aerodrome, South Australia
Destination
Parafield Aerodrome, South Australia
Model
95-B55
Serial number
TC-1739
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-ALR
Operation type
Part 135 Air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Beech Aircraft Corp
Aircraft Operator
BRUCE HARTWIG FLYING SCHOOL PTY LTD