ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 348111
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Narrative:SIAI-Marchetti S.211 Viper 1 in a 2 aircraft “Viper formation” with Viper 2 (VH-DZJ, C/N 002-05-005). Suffered a midair collision over Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, with Viper 2, another SIAS-Marchetti S.211 Marchetti. Viper 1, landed safely at Essendon Airport. Viper 1 made a Mayday call reporting wing leading edge damage and that Viper 2 was in the water, they had observed a splash. Reported 2 POB in both aircraft. Viper 1 landed safely at runway 26 at Melbourne-Essendon Fields Airport (the longer runway of 1,921 metres).
|Date:||Sunday 19 November 2023|
|Time:||c. 13:34 LT|
|Owner/operator:||Jetworks Aviation (owner: MV Air Pty Ltd)|
|Year of manufacture:||1985|
|Engine model:||Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4C|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Aircraft damage:|| Minor|
|Location:||Port Phillip Bay, about 12km W of Mornington, VIC -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Melbourne-Essendon Fields Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN)|
|Destination airport:||Melbourne-Essendon Fields Airport, VIC (MEB/YMEN)|
Ex Republic of Singapore Air Force 394
The following air traffic control audio was recorded on the YMML channel from LiveATC (times are estimated):
1:35:00pm - VH-DQJ - Uh I think that uh Viper two has uh entered the water. Viper one, mayday mayday mayday.
1:35:08pm - Melbourne - Viper one, roger the mayday and you anticipate Viper two into the water?
1:35:13pm - VH-DQJ - I'm anticipating Viper two in the water. We can see a splash mark. Not sure what's going on down there. We have a little bit of leading edge damage but we're flying okay.
1:35:21pm - Melbourne - Viper one okay, squawk ident if you're able.
1:36:49pm - VH-DQJ - P-O-B two and Viper one is also P-O-B two.
1:36:52pm - Melbourne - Viper one o-
1:39:18pm - Melbourne - (Hey hey) are you returning to Essendon?
1:39:20pm - VH-DQJ - Viper one is (disabled turned to)
1:39:24pm - Melbourne - Viper one thanks for that, if you have time squawk three four five four
1:39:28pm - VH-DQJ - Three four five four standby
1:40:56pm - VH-DQJ - Via West Gate if uh we're uh I'm open we're we're flying uh well okay and uh we're happy to go back in uh in (any way)
1:41:04pm - Melbourne - Viper one okay copy for a normal approach and landing and you just anticipate tracking north along the coast then?
1:41:11pm - VH-DQJ - Yeah we are just to keep it close and uh and requesting runway (three) six *** runway six anyway *** request (to be requiring that)
1:41:18pm - Melbourne - Viper one okay understood you can expect runway two six I'll let them know and what's your preferred altitude I see you maintaining two thousand six hundred there?
1:41:26pm - VH-DQJ - Look if we can we can maintain two thousand five hundred uh until we're on uh close to a downwind and then we'll descend from there
1:41:35pm - Melbourne - Viper one no problem two thousand five hundred I'll just have a chat with Moorabbin tower as well
1:41:42pm - VH-DQJ - Thanks
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8428995/ex-military-jet-plunges-into-water-after-mid-air-crash/?cs=14231 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-19/vic-aircraft-incident-mount-martha/103123770 https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/jet-crashes-into-port-phillip-bay-emergency-services-searching-water-20231119-p5el4e.html https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/nov/20/plane-crash-mid-air-port-phillip-bay-search-for-pilot-camera-operator-melbourne-victoria https://www.casa.gov.au/search-centre/aircraft-register?search_api_fulltext=DQJ https://www.flightaware.com/live/flight/VHDQJ/history/20231119/0232Z/YMEN/YMEN https://www.jetworksaviation.com.au/ https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/6/75421_1524727951.jpg
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