On 17 July 2008, an Airbus Industrie A330-300 (Airbus) aircraft was being operated on a scheduled international passenger service from Sydney, NSW to Melbourne, Vic. with 13 crew and 163 passengers. The aircraft commenced a takeoff without having received a take-off clearance by Air Traffic Control. At the same time, a Boeing 737 had been cleared to cross the same runway. The tower controller advised the flight crew of the Airbus that they had not been cleared for takeoff and they discontinued the takeoff.
The safety issue identified as a result of this investigation related to the potential confusion arising from the use of a combined line-up and wait instruction with a departure instruction. Airservices Australia has committed to undertake a review of this procedure.
|Date:||17 July 2008||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||2043 EST||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Operational non-compliance|
|Release date:||16 June 2009||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Airbus Industrie|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Sydney, NSW|
|Departure time||2043 EST|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|