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At approximately 0912 hours Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 18 July, 1971, the Boeing 747 aircraft, registered N652PA, overran the end of Runway 25 and became bogged in soft earth whilst landing at Sydney (Kingsford- Smith) Airport, New South Wales. The aircraft was engaged in operating Pan American Airways Flight 811, a regular public transport service from Los Angeles to Sydney with intermediate stops at Honolulu and Nadi. The aircraft sustained no damage and none of the 15 crew members or 269 passengers on board was injured.

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General details
Date: 18 July 1971 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0912 CST  
Location:Sydney Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 20 July 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Infrastructure 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 747 
Aircraft registration: N652PA 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Nadi, Fiji
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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Last update 13 May 2014