Boeing 767-204, G-SATR and Boeing 737-37Q, G-ODSK
The left wing of the taxiing Boeing 767-200 struck the right horizontal stabiliser of the stationary Boeing 737-300. Both aircraft were awaiting departure from Runway 24 Left at Manchester. The investigation concluded that the B767 commander, who bore primary responsibility for collision avoidance, misjudged the available separation due to a combination of physiological limitations, distractions and a false assumption regarding his ATC clearance. Three safety recommendations are made, concerning flight crew awareness of clearance issues, recording of communications on the Airport Fire Service frequency and ATC procedures at Manchester Airport.
Date of occurrence: 4 November 2004