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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 09 March 1984  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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