Cobham BAe 146QT takes off with tail stand attached

Cobham Aviation Services BAe 146-300QT VH-NJZ (msn E3126) inadvertently took with its tail stand still attached while operating flight JTE7443 from Sydney to Brisbane on 22 January. The tail stand is attached to a jacking point under the aft fuselage to avoid the aircraft tipping onto its tail during loading and unloading through the aft cargo door. The stand is then detached and stowed on board for use at the following airfield. Evidently this was done, and VH-NJZ took off with the stand still attached. The stand broke off during the take-off run, resulting in foreign object debris on the runway. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident. VH-NJZ is operated on behalf of the Qantas Freight/Australia Post StarTrack express delivery.

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