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At approximately 2137 hours Eastern Standard Time on 29 January 1971, a Trans-Australia Airlines Boeing 727 aircraft, VH-TJA, struck the tail fin of a Canadian Pacific Airlines DC8-63 aircraft, CF-CPQ, whilst the former was taking off on Runway 16 at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport, New South Wales. Both aircraft were engaged in regular public transport services and the Boeing 727 aircraft continued with its take-off but landed again at Sydney Airport 40 minutes later after dumping fuel and when preparations for the emergency landing had been completed. At the time of the collision the DC8-63 aircraft was on the ground, having just landed, and it taxied under its own power to the parking apron. Both aircraft were substantially damaged in the collision but none of the 240 persons on board the two aircraft was injured.

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General details
Date: 29 January 1971 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2137 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Sydney  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 20 August 1971 Occurrence category: Aerodrome and Airways Facility 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: DC-8 
Aircraft registration: C-FCPQ 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Nadi, Fiji
Destination:Sydney, NSW
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 727 
Aircraft registration: VH-TJA 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Perth, WA
 
 
 
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