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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - This morning a Boeing 727 aircraft operated by Ansett-A.N.A. took off in the normal way and was cleared. About two miles out of the airport the pilot sent a signal intimating that No. 3 engine had failed. He was given a clearance to land and landed just a few minutes later. It was also reported shortly afterwards by a service station proprietor in Gardeners Road, Mascot, that as the aircraft passed overhead a number of small metal particles were showered onto his service station. We have found since that they are parts of turbine blades from the engine I have mentioned. Investigating officers from my Department are now carrying out full investigations. The aircraft landed without incident on its return.

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