The Malta Independent 18 September 2019, Wednesday

Updated: Collision between two planes leaves no-one injured at Luqa airport

Friday, 18 January 2019, 09:52 Last update: about 9 months ago

An incident involving an arriving Ryanair aircraft and a departing Turkish Airlines aircraft occurred on Thursday at around 9.00pm at Malta International Airport.

The two aircraft collided whilst the Ryanair Boeing 737, which had landed from Bari, was taxiing to Apron 9 via Taxiway Charlie, and the Turkish Airlines Boeing 737, bound for Istanbul, was holding on Taxiway Delta.

The impact between the wing tip of the Ryanair aircraft and the tail stabiliser of the Turkish Airlines aircraft resulted in minor damage.

Emergency teams were dispatched to the incident area, and it can be reported that there were no injuries.

Malta International Airport is now supporting the relevant authorities in their investigation into what led to this incident.

Malta International Airport regrets any inconvenience caused to the passengers on board the aircraft, however, circumstances were outside of the airport's control.

In a statement, Ryanair said: “One of our aircraft was taxiing to stand at Malta Airport when its winglet scraped the tail of a Turkish Airlines aircraft. Both aircraft were under the instruction of Malta Air Traffic Control at the time. The Ryanair aircraft continued to stand where it was inspected by Ryanair engineers. To minimise delay, customers were transferred to a replacement aircraft, which departed to Bari shortly afterwards, while the minor damage to the wingtip was repaired.”


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