Virgin co-pilot blown over and injured by thrust from Qantas 747 jet engines

The Virgin first officer suffered fractures after he was knocked off the rear stairs leading up to a passenger jet at Brisbane International Airport.

Virgin co-pilot blown over and injured by thrust from Qantas 747 jet engines

A co-pilot suffered leg and arm fractures after he was blown from the rear stairs leading up to a passenger jet by the engine thrust of a passing Qantas jumbo jet, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The Virgin Australia first officer was doing pre-flight checks on a 737 jet – operated by Virgin’s subsidiary, Pacific Blue – when he and the stairs he was standing on were blown over by the force of the Qantas jumbo’s engines.

The incident occurred at Brisbane International Airport last Friday.

The Qantas 747 had been taxiing to a runway and was awaiting clearance from air traffic controllers to take off at the time of the incident, while the Pacific Blue plane was preparing for a departure to Bali.

It is not yet clear how both planes became so close to each other.

A Virgin spokeswoman said: “Our plane was in the right place at the right time.

“The one dynamic which was different was the thrust level of the Qantas plane, which caused the stairs to blow over.”

Qantas said the pilots of the plane involved did not breach protocol.

Safety authorities are investigating.

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