Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ground Collision, Melbourne Airport, Boeing Co 767-338ER and 747-422

Investigation number:
200600524
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 2 February 2006 at approximately 1308 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a US registered Boeing Company 747-422 (747) aircraft was taxiing for departure at Melbourne Airport, Vic. At the same time, a Boeing Company 767-338ER (767) aircraft was stationary on taxiway Echo and waiting in line to depart from runway 16. The tail section of the 767 was protruding into taxiway Alpha while it was stationary on taxiway Echo awaiting a clearance to enter the runway.

The pilots of the 747 received a clearance to taxi, which included a taxi route from the international apron to the holding point on taxiway Bravo, for a departure from runway 16, via taxiways Uniform then Alpha. The pilot in command of the 747 deviated from the taxi clearance issued by the surface movement controller and turned the 747 right into taxiway Echo, to pass behind the 767. The left wing tip of the 747 collided with the right horizontal stabiliser of the 767 as the 747 crew attempted to manoeuvre behind the 767.

The taxiway dimensions and markings at Melbourne Airport complied with international standards and were suitable for use by the aircraft types involved in the occurrence.

The 747 crew was aware of the 767, and chose to pass behind it rather than wait on taxiway Alpha until the 767 was no longer obstructing the taxiway. The decision by the pilot in command of the 747 to deviate off the centreline of taxiway Alpha and taxi behind the 767 did not comply with the taxi clearance issued by the SMC. It was based on his assessment that it was safe to do so. The pilot in command of the 747 misjudged the distance between the wingtip of the 747 and the right horizontal stabiliser of the 767, which resulted in the collision.

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General details
Date: 02 February 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1308 hours ESuT    
Location   (show map): Melbourne, Aerodrome    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision  
Release date: 30 June 2006   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 767  
Aircraft registration VH-OGH  
Serial number 24930  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Destination Sydney, NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 747  
Aircraft registration N127UA  
Serial number 28813  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 18 April 2018