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Taxiing collision involving a Cessna 172S, VH-EOT and a Cessna 172S, VH-EOP at Moorabbin Airport, VIC on 29 January 2015

Investigation number:
AO-2015-011
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

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On 29 January 2015, the student pilot of a Cessna 172S aircraft, registered VH-EOP, taxied for a solo training flight at Moorabbin Airport, Victoria. The student was cleared by air traffic control (ATC) to taxi via taxiway ‘A’ to the holding point on taxiway ‘G’ for a departure from runway 13 Left (13L).

As EOP passed the ‘A2’ taxiway, the right wingtip struck the rudder of another Cessna 172S aircraft, registered VH-EOT, which was stationary at the holding point, and less than half a metre behind the marked holding line, for runway 13 Right (13R) on the ‘A2’ taxiway. The student pilot was unaware of the collision and taxied to the holding point for runway 13L. The instructor of EOT advised ATC of the collision and the controller directed the pilot of EOP to taxi back to the run-up bay. He was then advised of the collision and the instructor of EOT inspected both aircraft for damage. EOP was undamaged and EOT sustained minor damage to the rudder. 

As a result of this occurrence, the airport operator has raised a work order to extend the left turn taxiway line to join the northern apron right side taxi line. This will increase the distance between an aircraft taxiing via taxiways ‘A’ and ‘G’ and an aircraft holding at the ‘A2’ holding point.

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General details
Date: 29 January 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1232 EDT    
Location   (show map): Moorabbin Airport   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Near collision  
Release date: 22 April 2015   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172S  
Aircraft registration VH-EOP  
Serial number 172S10022  
Sector Piston  
Departure point Moorabbin, Vic.  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172S  
Aircraft registration VH-EOT  
Serial number 172S10317  
Sector Piston  
Departure point Moorabbin, Vic.  
Last update 14 November 2018