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.
|Date:||12 August 2022||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||03:31 UTC||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Parafield Aerodrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||South Australia||Occurrence type:||Flight below minimum altitude|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2023|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Beech Aircraft Corp|
|Operator||BRUCE HARTWIG FLYING SCHOOL PTY LTD|
|Type of operation||Part 135 Australian air transport operations - Smaller aeroplanes-Standard Part 135|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Port Augusta Aerodrome, South Australia|
|Destination||Parafield Aerodrome, South Australia|