Run­way con­fu­sion

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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.

Pic­ture: Will Snaith/Face­book

Two planes touched on the run­way at Parabur­doo Air­port.

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