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The ATSB is investigating an occurrence at Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, NSW on 19 September 2017 involving a Robinson R22, VH-MFW, involved in conducting flight training, and a Cessna 208, VH-SJJ.

During final approach to runway 06, the crew of the R22 heard the pilot of the Cessna 208 make a take-off broadcast from the same runway. The pilot of the 208 did not hear the R22 crew's radio call due to frequency congestion and did not sight the R22. The R22 crew manoeuvred to exit the runway as the 208 was in the take-off run to ensure separation was maintained.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will review the radio transmissions, interview the pilots involved and interview the certified air/ground radio operator.

General details
Date: 19 September 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 11:00 EST Investigation phase: Final report: External review 
Location   (show map):Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway incursion 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-MFH 
Serial number: 2266 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Ballina, NSW
Destination:Ballina, NSW
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208 
Aircraft registration: VH-SJJ 
Serial number: 20800218 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Ballina, NSW
Destination:Ballina, NSW
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Last update 18 July 2018