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At approximately 1342 hours on 29 November 1978, McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 aircraft, registered VH-TJP, landed 192 metres short of the threshold of Runway 27 at Melbourne Airport, Victoria. The aircraft was conducting an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach to Runway 27 in conditions of reduced visibility caused by heavy rain. During the ground roll to the threshold, the main landing gear of the aircraft struck and destroyed six lights in the high intensity approach lighting system serving the runway. The aircraft was operating a regular public transport flight and there were ninety-one passengers and a crew of six on board. No one was injured and the damage sustained by the aircraft was minor.
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General details
Date: 29 November 1978 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1342 EST  
Location:Melbourne Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 20 September 1979 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas Corp. 
Aircraft model: DC-9 
Aircraft registration: VH-TJP 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Melbourne, VIC
Destination:Melbourne, VIC
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Last update 13 May 2014