Serious incident Bombardier Challenger 650 HB-JWA , Friday 22 June 2018
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Date:Friday 22 June 2018
Time:13:02 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bombardier Challenger 650
Owner/operator:REGA Swiss Air Ambulance
Registration: HB-JWA
MSN: 6092
Year of manufacture:2016
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH) -   Switzerland
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bern-Belp (LSZB)
Destination airport:near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Investigating agency: STSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The pilot of a Jonker JS-MD.1C glider, registered as D-KAHZ, took off from Hausen am Albis Airfield (LSZN) shortly after noon for a cross-country flight.
Less than an hour later, the Challenger 604 ambulance aircraft, registered HB-JWA, took off from Bern-Belp (LSZB) at 12:49 p.m. for its flight to Zurich (LSZH). In addition to the two pilots there were two other persons on board. A few minutes later HB-JWA flew over the waypoint GIPOL and received instructions from the approach control centre West of Zurich Airport for an instrument approach to runway 14 at Zurich under radar guidance by vectoring. At about this time, D-KAHZ was in an upwind over the Leibstadt nuclear power station, turning left in Cat E airspace with an upper limit of 1700 m or 5500 ft AMSL. While turning out for the onward flight to the north, the pilot saw the ambulance jet flying to his left from the west and estimated its height at about 500 ft higher. The minimum vectoring altitude (MVA) at this point is 5500 ft AMSL. HB-JWA flew at an altitude of 6000 ft AMSL in a northeasterly direction with an indicated speed of about 210 knots as D-KAHZ approached it flying slightly lower at an angle of about ninety degrees from the right. The minimum distance between the two aircraft during the approach was 1060 m horizontally (corresponding to 0.57 NM) with an altitude difference of about 210 m (corresponding to 690 ft). The crew of the HB-JWA later stated that the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) did not generate either a Traffic Advisory (TA) or a Resolution Advisory (RA). It continued its approach without evasive manoeuvres and reported the height and position of the glider to the approach control centre.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

13-Jul-2018 09:17 harro Added
03-Dec-2018 20:53 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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