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The ATSB has released a Preliminary Investigation Report into an 11 October 2004 Boeing 737 incident at Perth when the aircraft's tailskid struck the ground during the takeoff from runway 03.

The tailskid strike resulted in minor damage to the tailskid shoe at the rear lower fuselage. The crew and passengers were not injured.

The ATSB has classified this occurrence as a category 3 serious incident. The investigation is continuing and is analysing recorded weather information and data from the aircraft's flight data recorder.

Any necessary safety action that arises from the investigation will be recommended immediately and not held until the final report.

The ATSB report 200403868 is available from the website.

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Last update 29 January 2014