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The aircraft had been cleared via a Standard Instrument Departure which required the aircraft to turn at three miles by Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) onto a heading of 170 degrees and to reach 2500 feet or above by 5 DME. The aircraft was to maintain heading 170 degrees until 7 DME, then turn onto a heading of 065 degrees to intercept the departure track. However, the aircraft was observed to turn at 3.5 miles onto a north-easterly heading and track to intercept the departure track. This was the first time the Captain had flown out of Adelaide, however, he was familiar with Standard Instrument Departures, having flown similar procedures overseas. On this occasion the Captain was concerned that he complied with the minimum altitude requirement and concentrated on this aspect to the detriment of the rest of the procedure.

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General details
Date: 20 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 941  
Location:Adelaide Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 29 November 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737 
Aircraft registration: YU-AND 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Departure time:939
Destination:Sydney NSW
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