Jetstar A320 at Ballina on Nov 28th 2020, near collision with private aircraft
Last Update: March 1, 2021 / 08:07:23 GMT/Zulu time
A private Jabiru J230D aircraft was enroute from Heck Field,QL to Evans Head,NS (Australia) at about 5200 feet MSL about 4nm east of Lismore and made a broadcast to Lismore CTAF. The call however was not heard by the Jetstar crew. The aircraft subsequently began to descend towards Evans Head. The flight crew had activated the transponder (ON), however, had not engaged the transponder in ALT mode, the transponder thus did not transmit any altitude information and thus disabled any TCAS resolution advisory of other aircraft with respect to the private aircraft.
The A320 made another CTAF broadcast that they had just passed OPESO waypoint, however, the Jabiru pilot did not hear that call.
The flight pathes of both aircraft intersected at approximately 12nm southwest of Ballina. The A320 received a TCAS Traffic Advisory shortly before passing OPESO showing the conflicting traffic at about their 11 o'clock position, the A320 crew began to look out for the conflicting traffic without success. Just before the A320 had passed underneath the Jabiru, the crew sighted the Jabiru above but could not react. Immediately after the Jabiru had overflown the Jetstar A320, the Jabiru crew sighted the A320 below them.
Both aircraft continued to their destinations, the Jetstar landed on Ballina's runway 06 a few minutes later, the Jabiru landed at Evans Head.
On Mar 1st 2021 the ATSB released their preliminary report stating that according to the quick access recorder of the A320 and the OzRunways program used by the Jabiru pilot the trajectories intersected about 12nm southwest of Ballina with a vertical separation of 600 feet. Both crews reported there was no lateral separation remaining. The ATSB investigation continues.
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