Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 441, VH-TFW, Brisbane Airport QLD, 18 December 1988

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Status: Completed
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The pilot noticed that during the descent and instrument approach the windscreen had become fogged up by condensation on the internal and external surfaces. Cabin temperature had been maintained at about 30 degrees Celsius during the flight in an attempt to reduce this effect. The weather at Brisbane at the time was drizzle with visibility reduced to 5000 metres, cloud 5 octas of stratus at 600 feet, 5 octas of stratus at 1000 feet, and 6 octas of strato cumulus at 1500 feet. Relative humidity was 95 per cent. After landing on runway 19, the aircraft was slowed to a slower than normal taxiing speed, due to the reduced visibility, and was taxied off the runway via taxiway "Alpha 5". The aircraft was not fitted with a windscreen defogger blower, which necessitated wiping the inside of the windscreen clear with a cloth in an attempt to improve visibility. There was no means of clearing the external surface. The aircraft was starting a right turn to enter taxiway "Bravo 5" when the Surface Movement Controller requested the pilot to enter the apron behind a Boeing 727 which was under tow. The pilot was unable to sight the Boeing 727, and forward visibility was severely reduced at that time by the effect of the bright apron floodlighting, which the pilot was facing. The result was, that after entering "Bravo 5", the aircraft ran off the taxiway, crossed the grass verge, and came to rest in a 2 metre deep drainage channel.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2025    
Location: Brisbane Airport    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 14 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 441  
Aircraft registration VH-TFW  
Serial number 4410023  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Thangool QLD  
Departure time 1918  
Destination Brisbane QLD