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Friday, 30 October 1970


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

(1)   Did any jet flight take place over the vicinity of Annandale in the Federal Electoral Division of Grayndler during the curfew hours on Monday, 17th August 1970, at approximately 12.50 a.m.

(2)   If so, what special circumstances operated for permission to be granted for this flight

(3)   Did any jet flights take place over the same area in curfew hours between 11 p.m. on Wednesday, 12th August 1970, and 6 a.m. on Saturday, 16th August 1970. (4)If so, what exceptional circumstances necessitated the flights.


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

(1)   A Qantas B707, Flight QF641 departed Sydney Airport for Perth and South Africa at 12.48 a.m. towards the north using Runway 34.

(2)   This aircraft was delayed beyond its original schedule of 10.45 p.m. due to a double engine change and a last minute electrical defect prior to leaving the hangar. When the delay became apparent Qantas sought and obtained a clearance from the Airport Director for a departure up to 11.59 p.m. Subsequently this was amended to 12.30 a.m. in the light of a further delay prior to positioning the aircraft at the terminal. The approvals were on the basis of the aircraft using the southern runway (16) for departure over Botany Bay. Doppler navigation requirements peculiar to the Wallaby Route prevented an aircraft substitution without incurring a further delay to the service. Had dispensation not been grunted the flight would have incurred approximately 7 hours additional delay through to Johannesberg and the return flight Johannesberg-Sydney would have incurred a similar delay. At 12.20 a.m. the wind changed to 325°/10-12 knots necessitating a departure towards the north.

(3)   and (4) There is no record of jet flights over the Annandale area in the curfew hours between 11 p.m. on 12th August and 6 a.m. on16th August 1970. There were 6 jet departures which used Runway 16 towards the south over Botany Bay and 2 jet arrivals that approached from the south over Botany Bay to land on Runway 34 as follows: 12th August - 11.20 p.m. departure, Qantas B707

Flight QF177 scheduled doors close and taxy 11 p.m. 11.22 p.m. departure, Qantas B707 Flight QF641 scheduled doors close and taxy 10.45 p.m. 11.37 p.m. departure, Qantas B707 Flight QF272 scheduled doors close and taxy 1 1, p.m. 11.45 p.m. departure, BOAC VC10 Flight BA802. This aircraft had been delayed in Hong Kong on the inbound flight to Australia due to a radar malfunction and a crew rest, and its late departure from Sydney was approved by the Airport Director. Its normal schedule out of Sydney was 11.45 a.m.. 12 hours earlier. 14th August - 11.02 p.m. arrival Ansett B727 VH-RMR Flight 49 was a school holiday special approved by the Minister. 11.30 p.m. departure, Qantas B707 Flight QF272 normal schedule11 p.m. had arrived late from Melbourne. 11.59 p.m. arrival, Qantas B707 Flight QF879 had been delayed by industrial problems and its flight was approved by the Airport Director. 16th August - 2.21 a.m. departure TAA B727 Flight 1369 was a school holiday special approved by the Minister.







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