Investigation number
AO-2024-009
Occurrence date
Location
Geraldton Airport
State
Western Australia
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Runway incursion
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a runway incursion involving Beechcraft A36, registered VH-CKX, and Fairchild SA226, registered VH-KGX, at Geraldton Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2024.

The crew of VH-CKX backtracked along runway 14 while the crew of VH-KGX backtracked runway 03. Both aircraft were aware of each other and were encountering communications difficulties with a third aircraft relaying calls. VH-CKX made a radio call and commenced take-off on runway 14 while VH-KGX commenced take-off on runway 03. The crew of VH-CKX observed VH-KGX on the crossing runway and delayed rotation to pass behind the aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing the flight crew, reviewing any recorded data, and the collection of other relevant information.

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.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Geraldton Aerodrome
Destination
East Wallabi Island
Model
A36
Serial number
E-540
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-CKX
Operation type
Part 135 Air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Beech Aircraft Corp
Aircraft Details
Departure point
Geraldton Aerodrome
Model
SA226-TC
Serial number
TC-326
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-KGX
Operation type
Part 121 Air transport operations - larger aeroplanes
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Fairchild Industries Inc
Aircraft Operator
Casair Pty Ltd