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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  
Location   (show map):Brisbane Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision 
Release date: 19 March 2014 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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