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Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The ATSB is investigating a reported near collision involving a Cessna 172, VH-JBC (JBC), and Piper PA-28s, VH-FZW and VH-SEW, near Bankstown Airport, New South Wales (NSW), on 15 April 2020.                                                                                                

At about 1300 hrs while tracking from Camden to Cessnock Airport in NSW, at an altitude of 1,900 ft above mean sea level, the pilots of VH-JBC were overhead Parramatta (NSW), where they observed a PA28 aircraft in close proximity on a converging track. The pilots of VH-JBC conducted evasive action in order to increase the distance between the two aircraft. Soon afterwards, the pilots of VH-JBC again sighted a PA28 in close proximity, where they understood it was the same aircraft, and again conducted evasive actions to increase the distance between the two aircraft. A preliminary review of recorded information indicates that the pilots of VH-JBC likely took evasive action due to two different PA28 aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing pilots and reviewing air traffic radar and audio data.

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 appropriate safety action can be taken.