A Jetstar flight from Mackay to Brisbane on Thursday night came to a sudden stop midway through take-off.
It's believed the aircraft was travelling at around 200km/h when it came to an abrupt halt.
People onboard Flight JQ887 told local media that pilots "narrowly avoided" another aircraft on the tarmac, but the airline says a "technical issue" is at fault and not air traffic.
"Passengers have told 7 News Mackay they saw another aircraft narrowly avoid the plane," journalist Laura Lavelle said in a tweet.
A Jetstar spokesperson told 7 News: "The decision to return to the stand was unrelated to air traffic. Due to a technical issue in the flight deck, the captain decided to reject the take-off, in accordance with standard procedures."
The flight was subsequently delayed by more than five hours.