N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1502 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13515 times:
Another piece of bad press related to the (now infamous) QF8.
I wonder what the pilot was doing on the stairs near the rear of the plane during the preflight. Usually the crew doesn't need them for a typical inspection - perhaps he was taking a closer look at the rear fuselage or empennage due to a discrepancy.
ozguy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 390 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13232 times:
Rear stairs for pilots is standard practice here, Nothing unusual whatsoever. In fact, most of the time Pilots do not have access to aerobridges security doors, so it's easier for them to leave and reenter aircraft via rear stairs.
qantasguy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 157 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9461 times:
Is the guy OK? If the article is correct, he should be fine. Here's to a speedy recovery. I'm sure there is regret from all concerned, whoever they may be......a fellow aviator got hurt on the job today - no one wants that.
TCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
Quite an interesting one.
From looking at the flight, the DJ flight was sitting on stand 76, QF8 was taxying out to the active from 79. Looking at the layout of stand 76 below, if it was sitting on 76B then it would be sitting a lot further back on the stand and closer to the taxiway. Looking at the size of comparable aircraft, it looks like it would be a bit of a squeeze for the 747 behind it.
If it were sitting on 76 or 76A I guess it would have to have been some pretty serious thrust to blow the stairs over from that distance. I wonder why they didn't send QF8 the other way along the ramp to join the taxiway further down, to save this risk?