ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 265337
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Narrative:On 3 November 2008, a Saab 340B, registered VH-ORX, was conducting a regular public transport flight from Orange, NSW to Sydney. The crew reported that, at about 0724 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, when tracking to join a 7 NM (13 km) final for runway 34 Right (34R), a passenger sustained minor injuries following a possible wake turbulence event that resulted in a momentary loss of control of the aircraft.
|Date:||Monday 3 November 2008|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Aircraft damage:|| None|
|Location:||near Sydney, NSW -
|Nature:||Passenger - Scheduled|
|Departure airport:||Orange, NSW|
|Destination airport:||Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY)|
|Investigating agency: ||ATSB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
Examination of the available radar, meteorological and aircraft operational data identified that the momentary upset probably resulted from wake turbulence, which was generated by an Airbus Industrie A380-800 (A380) that was conducting a parallel approach to runway 34 Left (34L). There was a 35 kt left crosswind affecting both aircraft's approaches.
Contributing safety factors
- There was no requirement for wake turbulence separation to be provided by Air Traffic Control in respect of aircraft operations on the adjacent parallel runway. [Safety issue]
- The strong crosswind caused the wake turbulence that was generated by the Airbus Industrie A380-800 (A380) operating on runway 34 Left (34L), to drift across to the final approach path for runway 34 Right (34R).
- Due to the location of the respective runway thresholds, the approach path for 34L was higher than the approach path for 34R at a fixed distance from the airport, resulting in the drifted A380 wake turbulence descending onto the SAAB’s final approach path.
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|Investigating agency: ||ATSB |
|Report number: || |
|Status: ||Investigation completed|
|Download report: || Final report|
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