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Two planes collide at Manchester Airport

Posted on 3:06 PM by Sameer Shah

Two planes were involved in a collision at Manchester Airport when they clipped each other as they prepared for take-off.



The wing-tip of a Futura Boeing 737, with 180 people on board, which was taxiing towards the runway when it collided with the tail of a parked Lufthansa, Airbus A320, which had 108 passengers bound for Frankfurt at the time.

Nobody was hurt in the collision although about 4ft was ripped off the wing tip of the Futura plane which was preparing to leave for Tenerife.

Both planes, which were due to take off within five minutes of each other, were initially checked by the fire services before passengers were disembarked.

The passengers were taken back to the terminal before resuming their journey. The aircraft have been re-examined by safety experts to asses the extent of the damage.

One passenger, Alistair Pearson, who was on board the Futura flight, said the first hint of trouble came when the pilot started braking suddenly.

He claimed the aircraft hit the Lufthansa plane beneath the tail fin, losing a bit of its own wing tip as a result.

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said that neither aircraft had suffered serious structural damage.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

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