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On Friday, 18 December 2009, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will be holding a media conference to accompany the release of its interim factual report into the tailstrike involving Airbus A340-500 aircraft, registered A6-ERG, during takeoff at Melbourne Airport, Vic. on the evening of 20 March 2009.

Mr Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner of the Bureau, and Mr Ian Sangston, Director of Aviation Safety Investigations will discuss the report. Mr Dolan and Mr Sangston will also review the investigation activities conducted up to this point, and highlight the safety action already undertaken with a view to preventing a recurrence of the accident.

Where: 62 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT (ATSB Central Office)
Time: 10:30 am (local time)

No further media briefings will be conducted by the investigation team. After this briefing, all media enquiries must be directed to the media contact listed below.

Media contact: 1800 020 616
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Last update 01 April 2011