Aviation safety investigations & reports

Jetblast occurrence - Boeing 747-438, VH-OEH and a Boeing 737-800, VH-VUM, Brisbane Airport, 14 October 2011

Investigation number:
AO-2011-137
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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On 14 October 2011 at 0950 EST, a Boeing Company 747-400 aircraft, registered VH-OEH (OEH), operated by Qantas Airways, was taxiing for departure at Brisbane Airport. OEH was stopped at a taxiway holding point before applying power to initiate movement.   At the same time, a Virgin Australia First Officer exited the rear door of a Boeing Company 737-800, registered VH-VUM (VUM).  The First Officer was standing on the rear push stairs as they were blown over by jetblast from OEH. The First Officer fell to the tarmac and sustained serious injuries. 

Pilots are reminded of the very real danger posed by jetblast and the need to use only the minimum amount of power required to initiate aircraft movement.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in collaboration with Airservices Australia responded to this incident by issuing a NOTAM requiring all aircraft vacating the international apron to do so without stopping and using minimum power.  Airservices Australia issued a local instruction to Brisbane tower and ground controllers to assist with the implementation of this requirement. 

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General details
Date: 14 October 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0950 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Jet blast/prop wash  
Release date: 14 March 2012   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Accident  
  Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-VUM  
Serial number 29675  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane Airport, Qld  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 747  
Aircraft registration VH-OEH  
Serial number 32912  
Operator Qantas  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018