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An example of "Base Effect"

posted 6 January 2020 in Category:Accidents and Incidents

On 27 June 2016, an aircraft narrowly avoided a mid-air collision with a helicopter whose single transponder had failed earlier whilst both were positioning visually as cleared to land at Marseille and after the helicopter had also temporarily disappeared from primary radar. The Investigation attributed the conflict to an inappropriate ATC response to the temporary loss of radar contact with the helicopter, aggravated by inaccurate position reports and non-compliance with the aerodrome circuit altitude by the helicopter crew.

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