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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4587


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

(1)   Did the aerodrome controller at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport advise East-West Airlines F27 aircraft VH-EWJ lo cancel line-up clearance hold position on 29th January, 1971 at 2135 : 54 hours.

(2)   If so, at what time did this aircraft take-off and from which runway.


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

(1)   Yes. At 2134:36 hours VH-EWJ was cleared to line-up behind the departing Boeing 727 aircraft, VH-TJA. At that time the aerodrome controller anticipated that there would bc sufficient time between the landing of the Canadian DC8-63 aircraft, CF-CPQ, and that of the succeeding arriving aircraft, a TAA DC9 aircraft VH-TJN, to permit him to clear both VH-TJA and VH-EW.1 for their respective take-offs. Subsequently the aerodrome controller discerned, as a result of the slow movement of CF-CPQ on the runway after landing, that there would not be sufficient time for both of the departing aircraft to safely completed their take-offs prior to the landing of VH-TJN. Thus, at 2135 : 54 hours the aerodrome controller cancelled the line-up clearance previously issued to VH-EWJ and instructed it to remain in ils position on the taxiway leading to the threshold of Runway 16.

(2)   The aircraft, VH-EWJ, received a further clearance to line-up and hold position on Runway 16 al 2145:45 hours. At 2146:06 hours this aircraft was cleared for take-off on Runway 16.







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