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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4589

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation the following question, upon notice:

(1)   Was it stated in the Accident Investigation Report DC8-63 Aircraft CF-CPQ and Boeing 727 Aircraft VH-TJA at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport, New South Wales, on 29th Hanuary 1971 in conclusions on page 36, that the cause of this accident was that the taxying clearance given after landing was misread by the flight crew of CF-CPQ and this error was not detected by the aerodrome controller, who cleared VH-TJA for take-off and that the flight crew of VH-TJA, on detecting the obstructing aircraft, did not adopt the most effective means of avoiding a collision.

(2)   If so, can the Minister say what procedure should have been adopted by the flight crew of VH-TJA to avoid a collision.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: .

(1)   Yes.

(2)   On pages 32 and 33 and again on page 35 of the tabled report on the investigation of this accident, the procedures which the Air' Safety Investigation Branch, believe should have been followed by the flight crew of VH-TJA to avoid this collision are described. The essence nf these procedures is set down in conclusions Nos 7 and 8 on page 36 of the report. The relevant portions of these conclusions are: 7. The flight crew of VH-TJA state that, at the commencement of their take-off, they did not observe CF-CPQ on the runway as an obstruction. Nevertheless, CF-CPQ was observed at a time when the take-off could have been abandoned with safety. The pilot in-command of VH-TJA elected to continue the take-off and attempted to overfly the obstructing aircraft.

8.   Although the obstructing aircraft could have been cleared quite safely by the adoption of a steeper initial climb angle the .pilotincommand of VH-TJA adhered to the normal takeoff technique and the underside of his aircraft came into collision with the tailfin of CF-CPQ

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