Heathrow Incident: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Involved in Minor Collision

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Two aircraft made contact at Heathrow Airport, resulting in minor damage to both planes. The incident involved a British Airways aircraft carrying 121 passengers and a Virgin Atlantic plane. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, and the incident did not cause any delays.

Virgin Atlantic explained that their empty Boeing 787-9 was being towed from Terminal 3 when the incident occurred. The aircraft had recently landed and was being moved to another area of the airfield. During the towing process, one of the wings of the Virgin Atlantic plane made contact with the other aircraft.

Passengers aboard the British Airways flight were scheduled to depart for Accra, Ghana, at 12:40 BST.

British Airways said it provided an alternative aircraft for them, which was rescheduled to take off at 18:00.

Virgin Atlantic said it was investigating and that maintenance checks were being made on its aircraft, which has been taken out of service.

The tow movement was provided by a ground-handling company under contract by Virgin Atlantic, it said.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are working alongside emergency services and our airline partners in response to an incident involving two aircraft on the ground earlier today.”

The spokesperson added: “At present, no passenger injuries have been reported and we do not anticipate there to be any ongoing impact to airport operations.”

Emergency services attended the scene as a precautionary measure.

The Met Police said it was supporting the airport authorities and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch with an investigation into the circumstances.

Source: BBC


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