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After departing Canberra from runway 35 at 0744, the aircraft was observed by radar to correctly follow the assigned standard instrument departure. However, the pilot failed to transmit a departure report on departures frequency 125.9 and contact could not be established on tower, departures, approach or sector frequencies. At 0749 an uncertainty phase was declared. The aircraft was observed to be following the cleared route, Canberra to Bindook via Cullerin and at 0756, the pilot contacted Sydney arrivals and requested descent. The uncertainty phase was then cancelled by Sydney Control. The crew of VH-TJO were interviewed by the company training manager, and although the captain could not specifically recall contacting Canberra Departures, it appears that the Sydney FIS frequency 125.7 mhz was incorrectly selected in lieu of 125.9 mhz. When a descent clearance was requested Sydney FIS directed the crew to the correct frequency.
General details
Date: 26 August 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:48 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 30 October 1993  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-476 
Aircraft registration: VH-TJO 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Destination:Sydney NSW
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