Aircraft Touch Tips During Blizzard At Japanese Airport


As Korean Air Lines flight KE766 to Seoul was pushing back from its gate at New Chitose Airport on Tuesday, its port side wing came into contact with the starboard vertical stabilizer of a stationary Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft bound for Hong Kong. This comes just two weeks after a near-catastrophic collision at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, and days after an aircraft with a cracked windshield was re-routed back to New Chitose.

“Our aircraft, which was stationary at the time with no customers nor crew onboard, was struck by a Korean Air A330 which was taxiing past,” Cathay Pacific said in a statement.

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The incident occurred when a plane towing car was pushing the Korean Air plane backward. Slippery conditions sent the plane sideways into the parked Cathay Pacific plane’s tail. The two planes were gated next to each other. Neither airline confirmed the total cost of the damage done, as their investigations are likely ongoing, but both flights required passengers to transfer to non-damaged aircraft for their respective journeys.

The weather in the region caused more than 80 flights, both departures and arrivals, to have been cancelled on Tuesday, an airport spokesperson confirmed.

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