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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 82

(Question No. 496)

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 9 November 1983:

What were the mechanical problems which delayed the departure of Qantas flights from Brisbane airport on 26 January 1983 and 31 August 1983 and what were the details in relation to the factors which caused the refuelling of the Trans Australia Airline flight on 27 May 1983 (see Answer to Question No. 290, Hansard , 8 November 1983, page 2324).

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

On 26 January 1983 the Qantas flight was delayed by a thrust reverse defect on No. 2 engine.

On 31 August 1983 the Qantas flight was delayed by a leading edge flap defect.

On 27 May 1983 bad weather at Brisbane required the carriage of fuel for flight to an alternate aerodrome. The TAA flight was unable to carry sufficient fuel for the flight from Canberra to Brisbane because of the number of passengers required to be uplifted. A refuelling stop was therefore necessary at Sydney.