A QANTAS Boeing 737 carrying 123 people narrowly missed a truck as it took off from Perth airport, it emerged today.
An investigation is under way into the incident, the airline confirmed.
The sweeper truck was reportedly on the runway after being cleared by air traffic control.
It swerved off after the driver saw the plane in his rear-view mirror.
An air traffic controller had been stood down pending an investigation into the incident, which happened at 11am on June 18, a newspaper reported today.
A Qantas spokesman said 123 passengers and crew had been on flight 808 bound for Adelaide.
"As the plane was taking off it noticed a sweeper on the edge of the runway, which then turned away," she said.
She would not comment further, saying the matter was being investigated and it was "an old story" because it had happened last week.
The newspaper quoted airport insiders as saying the plane, which was travelling about 290kph, missed hitting the truck by seconds.
The sweeper driver had just completed a refresher safety course, which impressed upon drivers to constantly look in their rear-vision mirrors, the report said.
Westralia Airports Corporation director of marketing Julie Reid confirmed an incident had occurred at the Perth airport, but was unable to provide details.
"An incident did happen at the airport and it is currently under investigation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and at this stage no comment can be made until the investigation has been concluded," she said.
Hmmm, another serious incident since Bangkok incident in 1999.