A report into the collision of two planes on the Paraburdoo runway in October last year has found confusion between an on-ground engineer and captain contributed to the incident.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation found the captain of the QantasLink Boeing 717 assumed his aircraft was clear of a stationary Network Aviation Fokker F100 after receiving indication from the on-ground engineer that he was clear of the Fokker’s wing-tip.
The captain then turned sharply to clear a path for an inbound Boeing 717, which had not been expected by the engineer.
The engineer signalled the captain to stop but was no longer in sight.
The engineer ran around to the front of the Boeing, at which time the captain braked heavily and did not feel a collision.
It was determined that the horizontal stabilisers of both planes had sustained minor damage.
No one was injured in the incident.
Two planes touched on the runway at Paraburdoo Airport.