2016-11-13 multiple planes damaged by severe storm at Brisbane

2016-11-13 multiple planes damaged by severe storm at Brisbane

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.

Among the aircraft most affected by the storm was Cobham Aviation (Qantas Link) Boeing 717 (VH-YQU) that took serious damage from a violent impact with an unknown object. 


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A parked Boeing 737-800 of QANTAS was also damaged by blown equipment.

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A Dornier Do-228 of GAM Air (VH-VJN) took minor damge when its left undercarriage partially collapsed.

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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):

13/11/2016 17:51->
SPECI YBBN 130731Z 33054G85KT 310V020 0500 +TSRA SCT005 BKN040CB
           22/22 Q1000=
13/11/2016 17:25->
SPECI YBBN 130725Z 35020KT 0800 +TSRA BKN010 BKN040CB 26/24

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 717
Registration: VH-YQU
Age a/c: 12.5 years
Constr. No.: 55180

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2016-11-13 Time: 17:30
Location: YBBN BNE Brisbane
Country: Australia
Flight phase: STD – Standing with Engine(s) not Operating
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: 0000/: NONE
Type: Ground
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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