ATSB Investigation update

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the Beechcraft King Air B200 which crashed on February 21 2017 identified a number of matters which required further investigation, including a review of the approval process for the building that was struck by the aircraft.

The ATSB has determined that in light of the specialist nature of that process, it will be investigated separately. This will ensure that the final reporting into the accident itself will not be further delayed. Essendon Fields Airport welcomes and supports the ATSB decision and looks forward to the release of the final report as soon as possible.

The report into the approval process is due to be completed in August 2018. Essendon Fields Airport has always complied fully with the directives of the CASA and Airservices and the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development governing safety and general operations at its airport and it will continue to do so.

7th February 2018

Extract from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau website:

On 21 February 2017, a building that is part of the Essendon Airport Bulla Road Precinct retail centre was struck by a Beechcraft King Air B200 (VH-ZCR). The ATSB’s preliminary report into this accident was published in March 2017. This preliminary report stated that the approval process for this building would be a matter for further investigation.

The building was part of the Bulla Road Precinct Retail Outlet Centre development, which was proposed by the lessee of Essendon Airport in 2003 and approved by the Federal Government in 2004. Due to the specialist nature of the approval process and airspace issues attached to the retail centre development, and not to delay the final report into the accident from February 2017, the ATSB has decided to investigate this matter separately. The investigation will examine the building approval process from an aviation safety perspective, including any airspace issues associated with the development, to determine the transport safety impact of the development on aviation operations at Essendon Airport.

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, relevant parties will be immediately notified so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

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