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Ground proximity event between Dornier DO228, VH-VJN and a vehicle, Brisbane Airport, Qld on 8 October 2013

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Status: Completed
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On the evening of 8 October 2013 a Dornier DO228 aircraft, registered VH-VJN (VJN) was taxiing to the company hangar at Brisbane Airport, Queensland after the completion of a charter flight.

As the flight crew turned right onto the Hotel 2 South taxiway, two vehicles were travelling along the designated movement area along Hotel 2 South from the opposite direction.

This incident did not involve an on-site investigation by the ATSB and the investigation includes differing recounts of the event from the flight crew and the driver of the second vehicle.

Aircraft movements at Brisbane Airport have increased from 123,000 in 2004 to 222,000 in 2013. At the time of the incident there were about 1,700 vehicles approved to access the taxiway hotel system.

The ATSB published a research paper on ground operation occurrences at Australian Airports over a 10 year period. Of the 282 ground occurrences reported to the ATSB between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2008, about 37 per cent of those incidents occurring as the aircraft approached a gate, were attributed to near collisions with vehicles. This report is available at: www.atsb.gov.au/publications/2009/ar2009042.aspx.


Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin Issue - 27

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General details
Date: 08 October 2013   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1842 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Brisbane Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision  
Release date: 19 March 2014   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Dornier Werke GmbH  
Aircraft model DO228  
Aircraft registration VH-VJN  
Serial number 8040  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Cloncurry, Qld  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018