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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Collard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Was Trans-Australia Airlines flight 516 delayed in Melbourne for some considerable time on the night of Friday 21st August, 1970.

(2)   If so, was the particular aircraft scheduled to make this flight grounded for the whole of the time the flight was delayed: If not, was it in service flying passengers elsewhere.

(3)   If this aircraft was in service elsewhere, between which airports were passengers being flown and what priority did these passengers have over those who were flying to Perth.

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

(1)   Flight 516 was delayed 85 minutes in Melbourne.

(2)   and (3) The aircraft in question was subject to a delay of 63 minutes for mechanical reasons prior to operating flight 512 on the same day. This initial delay, with other minor delays during the day, resulted in the increased delay to 85 minutes. The aircraft was not deployed elsewhere at the expense of the Perth service.

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