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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.

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General details
Date: 17 July 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2043 EST  
Location   (show map):Sydney Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Operational non-compliance 
Release date: 16 June 2009 Occurrence class: Airspace 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus Industrie 
Aircraft model: A330 
Aircraft registration: RP-C3333 
Serial number: 191 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Departure time:2043 EST
Destination:Melbourne, Vic.
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerATPLna7725
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Last update 14 November 2018