The ATSB has initiated an investigation following a scenario where a Qantas 737 was taking off from Darwin Airport while a Jetstar A320 was approaching to land on the same runway.
At 12:17 am on Wednesday, a significant incident occurred when a Qantas (QF) 737 was departing Darwin Airport (DRW) at the same time a Jetstar (JQ) A320 was preparing to land on the same runway. The incident occurred when the air traffic control tower was closed.
According to Radarbox, the Qantas Boeing 737 took a significant detour from its usual route to avoid a collision.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a report on Friday stating that they would investigate the incident. Furthermore, they will review all available evidence to determine the extent of communication between the two narrow-body airliners. The Australian Aviation reported the news.
The ATSB stated that a final report would be issued at the end of the investigation. However any significant safety issues were found in the inquiry, the relevant parties would be immediately informed to take appropriate safety measures.
Although the message did not specify how far the Qantas 737 had progressed during take-off, it did refer to the incident as an “aircraft separation issue.” According to RadarBox, the outbound aircraft departed at 12:47 am, and the inbound plane landed at 12:59 am.
Just a month ago, Australian Aviation reported that the ATSB would oversee the implementation of new take-off procedures at Sydney Airport (SYD). This was in response to a September 2022 incident. In which a British Airways (BA) Boeing 787 and QF Airbus A330 came too close to each other in mid-air.
An incident was reported where the collision avoidance system of a Boeing aircraft became activated before the first officer spotted the Airbus.
The ‘loss of separation occurrence’ report identified unusual circumstances that led to the mix-up. Including the A330-200 operating a domestic flight, which typically has a higher climb performance.
The ATSB’s director of transport safety, Stuart Macleod, emphasized. That maintaining separation in high-traffic terminal areas requires vigilance and open communication. The use of available systems and tools to minimize errors.
When sequencing departures, the effect of flight duration on aircraft climb performance should be considered.
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