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On 5 October 2010, at 2115 Eastern Standard Time, a Boeing Company 737-8FE, registered VH-VUR, had completed push back from parking bay 47 at Brisbane aerodrome, Queensland. The handling engineer disconnected the power push unit (PPU) from the aircraft and the pilot in command (PIC) received clearance from air Traffic Control (ATC) to taxi via taxiway C6.

As the aircraft moved away from the disconnect point on the apron, the PIC steered the aircraft to the left instead of right. This required the PIC to make a tight 2700 turn to continue along the apron to taxiway C6. During the 2700 turn, the dispatch engineer had to quickly manoeuvre the PPU to avoid a collision with the aircraft and, at the same time, avoid the hot exhaust emissions from the aircraft turbine engines.

This occurrence reinforces the importance of the flight crew maintaining situational awareness when manoeuvring aircraft.

As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator notified their flight crew and issued a flight crew operational notice.

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General details
Date: 05 October 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2115 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Brisbane Aerodrome Occurrence type:Ground handling 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 28 January 2011 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUR 
Serial number: 36606 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Perth, WA
 
 
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