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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 Occurrence type:Miscellaneous - Other 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 20 February 1993 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
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 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
 
 
 
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