Aviation safety investigations & reports

Boeing 727/276, VH-TBI, Adelaide SA, 27 February 1983

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was using a taxiway which had a row of cones positioned about 11.5 m from the centre-line to indicate a step in the sealed surface. The pilot saw a fuel tanker parked some distance away from the cones, but, assuming that the cones were taxiway clearance markers,continued to taxy along the centre-line. The port wing struck the top of the tanker about 15 m from the aircraft centre-line and about two metres from the wing tip. There were works in progress in the area of the occurrence. Tanker drivers were required to park their vehicles not closer than 24 m to the centre-line of the taxiway, but there was no visual delineation of this distance.

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General details
Date: 27 February 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Adelaide    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 09 March 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 727  
Aircraft registration VH-TBI  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Adelaide SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Melbourne VIC  
Last update 01 April 2011