Jetstar plane tried to take off with worker attached

  • A dispatcher was forced to run away from a taxiing Jetstar plane in Newcastle
  • The airport ground worker was attached to the plane’s nose by a headset
  • Pilots fired up the engines and began to taxi with the dispatcher still connected
  • The pilots said ‘their most important lesson was distraction management’ 

An airport ground worker was forced to run away from a Jetstar plane after its pilot started the engines and began to taxi while he was still connected by a headset. 

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said the Jetstar pilot mistook a neighbouring plane’s dispatcher as their own when he began to taxi at Newcastle Airport on January 25.

The plane’s pilot said ‘their most important lesson was distraction management’ after investigators labelled the incident as ‘serious’.

An airport ground worker was forced to run away from a Jetstar plane (stock image) after its pilot started the engines and began to taxi while he was still connected by a headset

An airport ground worker was forced to run away from a Jetstar plane (stock image) after its pilot started the engines and began to taxi while he was still connected by a headset

The dispatcher had been walking beside the A320 carrying 165 passengers and six crew as it prepared to depart for Brisbane, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

After the plane was pushed back from the terminal, the captain began monitoring a neighbouring plane that was also departing because he was concerned there was not enough room.

The dispatcher for the neighbouring plane disconnected his headset and began to walk clear when the pilots mistook him as their own, the ATSB report said. 

Clearance for taxi was granted to the pilots who then turned the lights on, released the brakes and increased power. 

The startled dispatcher quickly disconnected his headset and ran clear from the plane as it began to taxi.

Slowing down the check-list procedure is the most practical way of preventing similar occurrences in the future, the captain said, according to Sydney Morning Herald. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Jetstar for comment on the report’s findings. 

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said the Jetstar pilot mistook a neighbouring plane's dispatcher as their own when he began to taxi at Newcastle Airport (inset) on January 25

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said the Jetstar pilot mistook a neighbouring plane’s dispatcher as their own when he began to taxi at Newcastle Airport (inset) on January 25


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