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Separation occurrence involving Airbus A320, VH-VGP, and Jabiru J230-D, 24-7456, near Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, New South Wales, on 28 November 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a separation occurrence involving a Jetstar Airbus A320, registered VH-VGP, and a privately operated Jabiru J230-D, registered 24-7456, near Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, New South Wales (NSW), on 28 November 2020.

While the A320 was approaching runway 06 to land at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, the J230-D was tracking south toward Evans Head Airport, NSW. About 22 km south-west of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, the two aircraft's flight paths intersected, resulting in the reported generation of a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) traffic advisory indication to the Jetstar crew. The A320 passed beneath the J230-D and continued to Ballina.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include reviewing recorded communications and flight data, and interviews with the flight crew.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 28 November 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 11:29 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 22 km south-west of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Separation issue  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-232  
Aircraft registration VH-VGP  
Serial number 4343  
Operator Jetstar Airways  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Ballina, New South Wales  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model J230-D  
Aircraft registration 24-7456  
Serial number J736  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Heck Field, Queensland  
Destination Evans Head, New South Wales  
Last update 14 January 2021