Aviation safety investigations & reports

DC8-63 Aircraft CF-CPQ and Boeing 727 Aircraft VH-TJA at Sydney (Kingsford- Smith) Airport NSW, 29 January 1971

Investigation number:
197101202
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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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    
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 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 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  
Last update 01 April 2011