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Mc Donnell Douglas MD83 Collision On Takeoff

The MD 83 was cleared to take off. The Shorts 330 registered G-SSWN was then cleared to line up and to wait as « number two ». The controller believed that the two aircraft were at the threshold of the runway, whereas the Shorts had been cleared to use an intermediate taxiway. The Shorts entered the runway at the moment the MD 83 was reaching its rotation speed. The tip of the MD 83’s left wing went through the Shorts 330’s cockpit and hit both pilots.

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