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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 type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Brisbane Airport Occurrence type:Jet blast/prop wash 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 14 March 2012 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
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 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
 
 
 
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