2016-11-13 multiple planes damaged by severe storm at Brisbane
Many aircraft received damage when a severe storm swept across Brisbane international Airport leaving a trail of destruction behind it. No loss of life was recorded.
In the early evening hours, a powerful thunderstorm had developed across parts of the east coast of Queensland accompanied by lots of rainfall and high winds. It was about 17:25L when out of that storm, a much stronger cyclone was generated that swept across the tarmac, hangars and buildings of Brisbane Airport.
The national meteorological service measured a strongest wind force of 157 km/h (85 knots). The storm was described as a „mini-cyclone“ which lasted for about eight minutes.
All insufficient secured equipment, vehicles or other objects were blown across the tarmac by excessive wind forces.
A parked Boeing 737-800 of QANTAS was also damaged by blown equipment.
A Dornier Do-228 of GAM Air (VH-VJN) took minor damge when its left undercarriage partially collapsed.
A stored Boeing 737-300 of Nauru Airlines (VH-YNU) as well as a Virgin ATR-72 received unknown damage.
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There also was lots of property damage to rooftops and cars. The total amount of damage is yet to be assessed.
METAR: Brisbane-Intl Airport (YBBN):
SPECI YBBN 130731Z 33054G85KT 310V020 0500 +TSRA SCT005 BKN040CB 22/22 Q1000=
SPECI YBBN 130725Z 35020KT 0800 +TSRA BKN010 BKN040CB 26/24 Q1000=
Type: Boeing 717
Age a/c: 12.5 years
Constr. No.: 55180
Occupants & Casualties
Date: 2016-11-13 Time: 17:30
Location: YBBN BNE Brisbane
Flight phase: STD – Standing with Engine(s) not Operating
Damage to a/c: substantial
From: 0000/: NONE To: 0000/: NONE
Operator: Cobham Aviation Services Australia
On ops for: QantasLINK
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- xx safety occurence for the operator
- xx safety occurence of type
- 13th safety occurence at Brisbane Intl Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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