Two Qantas planes collide on tarmac at Aussie airport

Authorities say passengers felt 'a jolt' when the two aircraft made impact.

Two Qantas planes briefly collided at Perth Airport overnight, with a flight landing from Canberra clipping the wing of another stationary aircraft on the tarmac.

The Canberra flight landed just after 9pm and was pulling into the gate when the collision occurred.

According to Qantas, the plane was approaching the gate at low a speed when the two aircraft, both Boeing 737-800s, accidentally made contact.

A view showing the wings of two Qantas planes colliding at Perth Airport.
Two Qantas planes briefly collided at Perth Airport overnight. Source: 9News

Qantas confirms nobody injured during ordeal

The awkward prang sent a "jolt" through the stationary aircraft, felt by passengers who captured photos of the scene.

"While approaching the gate at low speed, the wingtip of one aircraft has come into contact with the wingtip of another stationary aircraft at the adjacent gate," a Qantas spokesperson said.

"Customers and crew who were disembarking the stationary aircraft felt a jolt when the wingtips made contact. After assessing the situation, the captain advised customers to continue to disembark as usual.

"Engineers are inspecting both aircraft and an investigation is underway."

Perth Airport said no passengers were injured, 9News reported, with Qantas confirming flight crew also disembarked unharmed.

Qantas loses top spot as safest airline

Qantas lost its crown as the world’s safest airline earlier this year. Air New Zealand beat Qantas by just 1.5 points to take the top spot in the annual list with the age of its fleet to blame for the slide down the rankings to second place.

It comes as Qantas had a tumultuous year in 2023 with former CEO Alan Joyce stepping down in September after the airline was accused of allegedly selling tickets for more than 8,000 flights that it had already cancelled.

New boss Vanessa Hudson apologised for letting customers down and said the airline would work to rebuild the public’s trust.

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