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The flight paths and position of the airprox of both aircraft in the VFR circuit at Teuge airfield.  (Source: LVNL, edited by Dutch Safety Board)
The flight paths and position of the airprox of both aircraft in the VFR circuit at Teuge airfield. (Source: LVNL, edited by Dutch Safety Board)

Airprox, Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub, PH-ZVC and Socata TB 9 Tampico, PH-IIS, Teuge International Airport

Status : Closed

PH-IIS, a Socato TB 9 Tampico, took off from Lelystad Airport at 12.32 hours, for a navigation flight under visual flight rules (VFR) to Teuge International Airport. The aircraft was flown by a trainee pilot from a flying school, who was completing a solo flight. Around the same time, at Teuge airfield, PH-ZVC, a Piper PA 18-135 was practising circuits; Runway 26 was in use. On board the aircraft were an instructor and a trainee pilot.

En route to Teuge airfield, the trainee pilot was flying lower than the planned altitude of 1,500 feet AMSL, due to the low cloud. Following arrival in the circuit at Teuge  airfield, the trainee pilot flew a number of circuits for Runway 26. He thereby made use of the railway line to the south of the airfield to determine the downwind position.  When the trainee pilot in the Socata started his third circuit following a touch-and-go, from the take-off leg, he turned almost immediately onto the downwind leg. As a consequence, the aircraft flew to the north of the railway line. At that moment, the Piper was following the circuit marked in the figure. After the Piper had completed the turn to the base leg, the instructor observed almost immediately that the Socata was flying right in front of his aircraft and was approaching rapidly. To avoid a collision, the instructor took over control and initiated a sharp downward turn to the right. The trainee pilot in the Socata failed to observe the Piper at that moment. After the instructor in the Piper had made a call on the radio, the trainee pilot saw the Piper. The two pilots then reoriented themselves. The trainee pilot completed a touch-and-go on Runway 26 before returning to Lelystad Airport. The instructor continued the flight in the circuit at Teuge airfield.

The full analysis of this serious incident can be found in the quarterly aviation report over the 4th quarter of 2021.

 

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