9 March 2014

10th July 1981

HAPPY 44 50.29n 08.06w 10:x4, in the climb through F160 for F310, request F330 and Oceanic clearance

USAF, C-135 (?), working Croughton Airways on 6750

Empress 829 57n 10w 18:45 F310, 59n 20w 19:25, 60n 30w next, SelCal DLEF

CP Air, DC-8-63, CF-CPQ (working Shanwick 8910)

[Photo: at London, Gatwick on 30th August 1969 © Steve Williams]

Interestingly this aircraft suffered a severe tail strike some ten years previously, on 29th January 1971, whilst taxiing at Sydney, Kingsford Smith IAP, Australia. It collided with a B.727 (VH-TJA) operated by Trans Australia Airlines, which was taking off. The DC-8 misread the clearance given and entered the active runway, which was not detected by the controller. There were no injuries amongst the 136 passengers and 12 crew.
[Photo: showing damage inflicted © John M. Wheatley]

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