Was Blown From Staircase During Preflight Inspection
A pilot for Virgin Australia was blown from an aluminum ladder
while conducting the preflight inspection of his 737 at Brisbane
International Airport by the jet blast from a Qantas flight taxiing
out for a departure to Sydney.
The pilot was reportedly seriously injured by the blast and the
fall. The Brisbane Times reports that he suffered both a broken arm
and leg when the jet blast pushed over the stairs he was standing
on to inspect the plane.
Virgin Australia says its plane was parked where it was supposed
to be, and Qantas says their airplanes was operating normally at
the time of the incident. Neither will say anything was out
of the ordinary.