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Business News/ News / World/  Two planes collide on ground at Tokyo's Haneda airport; no injuries reported

In a concerning incident at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, two passenger jets were reported to have collided near a taxiway on Saturday. The incident occurred around 11 am local time when a Thai Airways flight scheduled for Bangkok and an aircraft operated by EVA Air came into contact on Runway A of Haneda Airport.

Tokyo's Haneda Airport experienced flight delays after two planes appeared to have collided on the ground near a taxiway, according to Japan's transport ministry as reported by public broadcaster NHK. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. However, one of the airport's four runways was temporarily closed from approximately 11 a.m. (0200 GMT), but it was reopened approximately two hours later after being cleared.

NHK shared footage showing planes from Eva Airways of Taiwan and Thai Airways on the ground. The Thai Airways aircraft displayed a broken part of its wing, with fragments scattered near the runway.

According to Isamu Yamane, a deputy administrator in the Transport Ministry, a Thai Airways International jet, bound for Bangkok, accidentally hit a parked Eva Airways plane, which was scheduled to fly to Taipei, at Haneda Airport. 

Thai Airways explained that its Bangkok-bound flight was in the process of preparing for take off on a taxiway when a winglet on the right wing collided with the rear of an Eva aircraft, which was also on a taxiway. As a result of the collision, the Thai airplane's winglet sustained damage, rendering it unable to proceed with the flight. The Airbus A330 plane carried 250 passengers and 14 crew members. Eva Airways was not immediately available for comment.

Japan's transport ministry did not comment on the matter.

Japan's civil aviation authority is conducting investigations into the incident to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the collision as reported by Thai Airways.

(With inputs from Reuters and PTI)

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Updated: 10 Jun 2023, 01:07 PM IST
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