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Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 5:10 am

From AAP
27jun01


A QANTAS Boeing 737 carrying 123 people narrowly missed a truck as it took off from Perth airport, it emerged today.

An investigation is under way into the incident, the airline confirmed.

The sweeper truck was reportedly on the runway after being cleared by air traffic control.

It swerved off after the driver saw the plane in his rear-view mirror.

An air traffic controller had been stood down pending an investigation into the incident, which happened at 11am on June 18, a newspaper reported today.

A Qantas spokesman said 123 passengers and crew had been on flight 808 bound for Adelaide.

"As the plane was taking off it noticed a sweeper on the edge of the runway, which then turned away," she said.

She would not comment further, saying the matter was being investigated and it was "an old story" because it had happened last week.

The newspaper quoted airport insiders as saying the plane, which was travelling about 290kph, missed hitting the truck by seconds.

The sweeper driver had just completed a refresher safety course, which impressed upon drivers to constantly look in their rear-vision mirrors, the report said.

Westralia Airports Corporation director of marketing Julie Reid confirmed an incident had occurred at the Perth airport, but was unable to provide details.

"An incident did happen at the airport and it is currently under investigation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and at this stage no comment can be made until the investigation has been concluded," she said.


Hmmm, another serious incident since Bangkok incident in 1999.


 
airnewzealand
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 7:31 am

Oh dear!!

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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 7:42 am

News reports say the air traffic controller has been suspended pending the investigation. It points to an ATC failure at this stage. You're as bad as the news media here in Australia. If an acft has a go around be it QF or AN they somehow manage to link it to either the BKK overrun or the grounding of the AN 767 fleet. Why?
 
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 7:47 am

Qantas's flawless saftey record was almost flawed!
 
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 12:52 pm

How do you think that this is the airlines fault? they were obviously given clearence to takeoff, and the truck was obviously also given clearence...it is pretty apparent that it is air traffic control that is at fault here..thus the suspension of the traffic controler in question...completely unrelated to the airline management
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aduum
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 1:20 pm

Yes your right, the news reports fully blamed the Air Traffic Control, as the A/C was given take off clearance as well as the sweeper was given clearance. No fault to be placed on airline or sweeper, however dont you think he could have seen a 737 coming straight for him a little earlier than a few seconds before? Did anyone else see the computer generated incident?
 
tim
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 2:52 pm

From what I heard he was facing the other way and glanced in his rear view mirror and then floored it out of the way.
 
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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 6:32 pm

This is not the airlines fault!
I read an article in the Courier Mail yesterday, and at the end it said "If the accident occured, and the worker did not check his rear-view mirror, then it could have been a repeat of the Singapore Airlines disaster in Taipei, in October 2000"

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RE: Qantas 737 Near Misses On The Ground

Fri Jun 29, 2001 6:45 pm

Yeah he was facing the other way, but when you are in a car or whatever you generally look left then right when you approach an intersection. It would be bloody hard to miss a 737 sitting at the other end of the runway.

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