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The ATSB is investigating a taxiing proximity event involving an Airbus A321 and a Boeing 737 at Melbourne Airport in Victoria, on 30 April 2018.

Approaching a taxiway intersection, the crew of the Airbus A321 noticed a Boeing 737 taxiing towards the same intersection. Air traffic control passed traffic information to the A321 flight crew late, as they reportedly braked to avoid a collision.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will review available data, interview the controller and flight crew, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

 
General details
Date: 30 April 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0815 EST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Melbourne Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Taxiing collision/near collision 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus 
Aircraft model: A321-231 
Aircraft registration: VH-VWQ 
Serial number: 7384 
Operator: Jetstar Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Launceston, Tas
Destination:Melbourne, Vic
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-838 
Aircraft registration: VH-VZB 
Serial number: 34196 
Operator: Qantas Airways 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic
Destination:Brisbane, Qld
 
 
 
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Last update 15 October 2018