Aviation safety investigations & reports

Near collision at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, HS-TMC and VH-HYC, 12 August 1991

Investigation number:
199100052
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On Monday 12 August 1991, at 1023 hours Eastern Standard Time (EST), a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Series 30ER aircraft (DC-10) operated by Thai Airways International was landing on runway 34 at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport. The DC-10 was carrying 185 persons. At the same time, an Airbus A320-211 aircraft (A320), operated by Ansett Australia was on a short final approach for landing on runway 25. The A320 was carrying 110 persons. Runways 34 and 25 intersect, and Simultaneous Runway Operations (SIMOPS) were in progress. Landing instructions to the crew of the DC-10 included a requirement for the aircraft to be held short of the intersection of runways 34 and 25. A Qantas Airways Boeing B747 aircraft was holding on taxiway Victor ('V'), north of runway 25 and west of runway 34, awaiting the landing of the A320 and a subsequent clearance to cross runway 07/25. The B747 was carrying 372 persons. While observing the DC-10's landing roll, the captain of the A320 judged that the DC-10 might not stop before the intersection of the runways. He elected to initiate a go-around from a low height above the runway. Under heavy braking, the DC-10 slowed to about 2 kts ground speed, at which time the nose of the aircraft was approximately level with the edge of runway 07/25. During the go-around executed by the crew of the A320, that aircraft passed above the DC-10 on its left and the B747 on the right of its flight path.
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General details
Date: 12 August 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1025 EST    
Location   (show map): Sydney    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 20 February 1993   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp.  
Aircraft model DC-10  
Aircraft registration HS-TMC  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Bangkok, Thailand  
Destination Sydney, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A320  
Aircraft registration VH-HYC  
Serial number 24  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, QLD  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 29 May 2014