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The ATSB is investigating a near collision involving Cessna 210, VH-SYT, and Cessna 206, VH-HPA, 46 km south-west of Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, on 6 December 2017.

The Cessna 206 departed from runway 18 at Darwin Airport shortly before the Cessna 210 departed from the same runway. The aircraft were operating under the visual flight rules. Air traffic control cleared the pilots of both aircraft to track direct to Port Keats at 8,500 ft. About 46 km south-west of Darwin, the Cessna 206 was maintaining a revised cleared altitude of 6,500 ft, and the Cessna 210 was on climb passing 6,400 ft, when both pilots reported losing sight of the other aircraft. The aircraft passed each other in close proximity. Neither pilot took evasive action.   

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and air traffic controllers, review air traffic control radar and audio data, and gather additional information.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

 
General details
Date: 06 December 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 8:00 CST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Darwin Airport, SW 46 km  Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Near collision 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210L 
Aircraft registration: VH-SYT 
Serial number: 21061052 
Operator: Chartair 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Darwin, NT
Destination:Port Keats, NT
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: U206G 
Aircraft registration: VH-HPA 
Serial number: U20605002 
Operator: Hardy Aviation (N.T.) 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Darwin, NT
Destination:Port Keats, NT
 
 
 
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Last update 11 July 2018