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The pilot-in-command is a training captain in the company and he was supervising the line training of a newly recruited captain. After departing Cairns the aircraft was cleared to track direct to the first turning point, Cayley Reef (342 deg 107 NM from Townsville). Other tracking instructions were given during the flight to this point.

When the aircraft was identified on Townsville radar the controller formed the opinion that the aircraft was trackingfrom Cayley Reef to Townsville instead of to the Goblin position (138 deg 97 NM from Cayley Reef). The aircraft crew were satisfied that they were tracking to Goblin.

A standard instrument flight rules flight plan designator had been changed some time before and it appeared as though the crew may have been following the old flight plan track as applied to the designator in use. The pilot reported that this was not the case. The incident was discussed with the pilot in a productive interview, following the relaxation of previously imposed industrial restrictions on co-operation with the Bureau. When he learned that the purpose of the interview was to assist in finding solutions to the problem, a number of ideas were offered.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1405 EST  
Location   (show map):Cayley Reef, (IFR) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 26 October 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 727 
Aircraft registration: VH-ANA 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Cairns QLD
Departure time:1346 EST
Destination:Brisbane QLD
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