Aviation safety investigations & reports

Operational non-compliance, Sydney Airport, NSW - 17 July 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport    
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 details

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
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL na 22993
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL na 7725
Last update 03 April 2020