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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 7 décembre 2016
Heure:10:13
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8FE (WL)
Compagnie:Virgin Australia Airlines
Immatriculation: VH-VUP
Numéro de série: 36604/2650
Année de Fabrication: 2008-06-12 (8 years 6 months)
Moteurs: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Dégats de l'appareil: Mineurs
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Hobart Airport, TAS (HBA) (   Australie)
Phase de vol: En attente (STD)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Hobart Airport, TAS (HBA/YMHB), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL/YMML), Australie
Numéro de vol:VA1321
Détails:
A Boeing 737-8FE aircraft, registered VH-YFT (YFT) was parked on bay 3 at Hobart Airport, Tasmania, as the crew prepared to conduct Virgin Australia flight 1531 to Sydney, New South Wales. Another Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE aircraft, registered VH-VUP (VUP), was parked on bay 2, adjacent to YFT. Boarding had commenced for the flight (VA1321) to Melbourne. The bays required power-in and power-out taxiing, as there were no tug facilities available at Hobart Airport.

At about 10:12, the first officer of YFT requested a clearance to taxi and was advised of an Airbus A320 aircraft on their left taxiing out (to the south) and to follow that aircraft. The captain commenced turning the aircraft to the right, out of the bay, with the nose wheels just inside the marked lead-out line. During the turn, another A320 aircraft was taxiing in towards the parking bays from the north and the captain became uncertain as to which A320 to follow, and stopped the aircraft to clarify their taxi clearance. After stopping, the captain removed their hand from the tiller, which caused the nose wheels of YFT to centre.

After confirming the clearance, the captain recommenced taxiing. The dispatcher and ramp supervisor, both marshalling the aircraft, stood with their arms out and thumbs up to indicate YFT was clear of obstacles, particularly the wingtip of the parked aircraft (VUP). However, YFT then tracked towards the tail of VUP as it turned, and subsequently the left wingtip collided with the horizontal stabiliser of VUP. Both aircraft sustained substantial damage and no one was injured.

Probable Cause:

The ATSB summary report did not contain an Annex 13 Probable Cause statement.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 168 days (6 months)
Accident number: AO-2016-167
Download report: Final report


Photos

photo of Boeing-737-8FE-VH-VUP
accident date: 07-12-2016
type: Boeing 737-8FE (WL)
registration: VH-VUP
photo of Boeing-737-8FE-VH-VUP
accident date: 07-12-2016
type: Boeing 737-8FE (WL)
registration: VH-VUP
photo of Boeing-737-8FE-VH-VUP
B737 aircraft taxi track with nose wheel on lead-out line (left) and approximate incident taxi path (right)
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Hobart Airport, TAS et Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC est de 615 km (385 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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