Safety check at Darwin international airport

Residents of Darwin may see an aircraft flying unusually low next week as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) carries out important flight path safety checks.

image of Darwin airport

The checks are being conducted by CASA to validate amended instrument approach procedures at Darwin International Airport and ensure they operate safely.

The checks of the new approach procedures are being carried out on Tuesday 12 April.

A twin-engine Cessna 402 aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 20 kilometres from the aerodrome.

Low-level flying is an essential part of the safety exercise, with the aircraft down as low as several hundred feet at times.

Local residents may notice an uncommon flying pattern, but this is to make sure obstacles are accurately marked on charts and no new obstacles exist. Obstacles can be towers, trees, masts or buildings that can be a danger to aircraft.

If poor weather or other factors do not allow the safety checks to go ahead on the planned days, they will be carried out as soon as possible.


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