Saturday, July 24, 2021

Planes collide on taxiway at Dubai International Airport

Two passenger jets from low-cost carrier FlyDubai and Bahrain-based Gulf Air collided with each other on the taxiway at Dubai International Airport, though authorities reported no injuries in the incident.

FlyDubai said one of its Boeing 737-800s heading to Kyrgyzstan found itself affected by ”a minor incident” on Thursday and forced to return to the stand.

It said passengers took a later flight, which departed six hours later.

“FlyDubai will work with the authorities to investigate the incident,” the airline said, adding that the collision damaged a wingtip on one of the aircraft.

A Gulf Air plane (Steve Parsons/PA)
A Gulf Air plane (Steve Parsons/PA)

Gulf Air said one its aircraft “was impacted on the tail by an aircraft of another airline”.

Gulf Air did not identify the aircraft involved, but said it was “working to reconnect all the passengers to their final destinations”.

Gulf Air flies passengers from Dubai International Airport onto its hub at Bahrain International Airport in Manama.

Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel before the coronavirus pandemic, said the collision forced them to shut down one of its two runways for two hours.

It said operations were not affected by the closure.

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