Cathay involved in collision at Hong Kong International

By Luke Will | April 16, 2020

Exclusive reports from insiders at Hong Kong International (HKG) airport, have arose stating a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aircraft has received tailplane damage after colliding with an Airbus A350 aircraft.

The Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 involved | (c) Michael Cheng

So what exactly happened?

It is thought that the Airbus A350 belonging to Cathay Pacific, registered B-LRE, was being towed on the ground – having shortly arrived at the airport – when the incident occurred. Images from the scene showed the impact on the tailplane of the Boeing 777 aircraft, and the starboard (right) winglet of the Airbus A350 aircraft, with damages to the shape and metalwork of the aircraft – Including cracks.

It is said that the airports Ground Controller received a call at 12:30pm (local time) alerting them to the incident that had occurred on Taxiway J – a taxiway dedicated for aircraft storage amidst the Coronavirus pandemic –  No passengers are believed to have been onboard either aircraft at the time of the incident.

Damage can be seen to the Airbus A350 right winglet | (c) Michael Cheng

Damage can be seen to the Airbus A350 right winglet | (c) Michael Cheng

Not the first incident this week…

Today’s report comes following a similar report at Dubai International earlier in the week, where a British Airways A350 (G-XWGB) collided with an Emirates 777 during pushback from stand. In the earlier incident, the aircraft was also being towed when it made impact with a parked 777 aircraft – in this case, belonging to UAE flag carrier, Emirates. Neither aircraft had any passengers onboard at the time of the incident.

An earlier incident this week between a BA A350 and Emirates 777 in Dubai | (c) AirlineKitty

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