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Korean Air plane and Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft collide on runway in Japan- 2nd incident within fortnight

According to the Korean Air official, the accident happened when the Korean Air plane was preparing for take-off.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Tokyo Updated on: January 16, 2024 17:08 IST
Korean Air flight parked at an airport.
Image Source : REUTERS Korean Air flight parked at an airport.

Japan: Nearly two weeks after a Japan Airlines flight turned into flames, two aircraft belonging to Korean Air Lines and Cathay Pacific Airways clipped wings at New Chitose Airport on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday amid wintry conditions, a Korean Air official told news agency Reuters. No injuries were reported on either plane, Japanese media said.

The Korean Air flight had 289 passengers and crew members on board, an airline official said. Japanese media reports had conflicting information on whether passengers were on board the Cathay Pacific aircraft. Cathay Pacific Airways could not immediately be reached for comment.

What happened

The incident happened when a towing car, which was pushing the Korean Air plane backwards ahead of departure, slipped due to snow on the ground, leading the airplane's left wing to clip the Cathay Pacific plane's right tail wing, the Korean Air official said. Korean Air Lines' initial assessment attributed the cause to a groundhandler that was towing the airplane in heavy snow, the airline official said.

An airport spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Notably, the latest mishap came nearly two weeks after Japan Airlines (JAL) Airbus A350 erupted in flames following a crash with a De Havilland Dash-8 Coast Guard turboprop shortly after landing at Haneda airport.

Also Read: Watch: The moment when Japan Airlines aircraft caught fire at Tokyo's Haneda Airport

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