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radio saturation which occurs when there are too many transmissions on the same radio frequency; the pilot may have to wait for a break in transmissions to pass a message and may have to wait for a response from the ATCO. Congestion can result in important information (clearances, flight levels, headings, times etc.) being lost or only partially heard, conditional clearances and advice to expect being taken as clearances, pilots not being able to pass urgent information, information intended for one flight being adopted by another and a general loss of communication quality with the ensuing stress.
source: ICAO English Pro Aviation Glossary
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