2012-06-02 Skywork Do-328 and Helicopter in near miss at Berne


2012-06-02 Skywork Do-328 and Helicopter in near miss at Berne


Probable Cause

The serious incident is attributable to the fact that aerodrome control gave take-off clearance to a commercial aircraft on runway 32 without ascertaining the position of the helicopter which the controller had cleared to depart at its own discretion shortly before. The result was that a hazardous convergence with a high risk of collision occurred between these aircraft.

The following factors contributed to the occurrence of the serious incident:
– The absence of final apporach and take-off area (FATO) for helicopter operations.
– The absence of specified departure routes to departure points H, HE and HW.

Date: 2012-06-02 Time: 12:24:00
Location: LSZB BRN Berne
Country: Switzerland
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: 
From: LSZB/BRN: Berne To: LYBE/BEG: Belgrade
Type: Passenger
Operator: Skywork Airlines

Type: Dornier Do 328
Registration: HB-AES
Age a/c: 17,2 years
Constr. No.: 3021

Berne Belp Airport view, direction runway 32 (file: newsnetz.ch)
LSZB_runway view


Berne Belp Airport view. Yellow line =  Skywork Do328 take-off path / Red Line = R44 Helicopter departure track
(source: Swiss Accident Investigation Board – SAIB)



Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  –
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

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AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions