VANCOUVER- Two Air Canada (AC) flights had to be deactivated following a collision incident in which one aircraft wing clipped another while being pushed back from the gate.
An Air Canada spokesperson confirmed that an Air Canada Rouge (RV) Airbus A319 contacted the wing of a Jazz Air Canada Express (QK) Q400 parked at the gate. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among passengers or ground staff.
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YVR Fire and Rescue promptly responded to the incident, and no injuries were reported. Affected passengers are being assisted by their respective airlines, and Vancouver Airport (YVR) operations are running smoothly.
Air Canada has arranged for passengers on both flights to reach their final destinations on alternative aircraft, albeit with a delay of several hours.
The Q400, originally scheduled for a flight to Nanaimo this afternoon, will now depart on a different aircraft on Sunday evening.
As for the passengers on the A319, they have been rebooked onto a Boeing 737 for their journey to Quebec City.
According to federal aviation officials, the Chicago-based United Airlines (UA) flight operating Boeing 737 MAX wing clipped the tail of an Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DL) Airbus A321 at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in June 2023.
The incident occurred around 7:20 pm local time during the United plane’s taxi to a holding pad. Subsequently, contact with the Delta flight’s tail was confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the collision.
Eyewitness Alex Wilson, a passenger aboard the Delta flight awaiting takeoff, described feeling the plane sway back and forth for a few seconds. Although the cause of the incident was initially unclear, Wilson likened the experience to a brief earthquake.
Minutes later, he noticed the presence of emergency vehicles outside the aircraft, and the pilot subsequently addressed the passengers, explaining that their plane had been struck from behind by another aircraft.
Videos recorded by Wilson captured the scene inside the plane, revealing emergency trucks and personnel surrounding the affected aircraft. In another video, the United Airlines plane en route to Newark can be seen being towed.
Following the incident, Wilson’s Delta flight, destined for Detroit, was eventually towed back to its original gate, causing delays for passengers.
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