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Chaos on tarmac: Air Canada planes collide in Toronto, by Travel Radar Correspondent Ankur Deo

And just as we were ever so convinced that 2019 was a lacklustre year in terms of aviation safety, reports of incidents continue to pour in! Two Air Canada aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 and an Airbus A321, were involved in a collision on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport, Toronto, on December 27, 2019. Fortunately, both aircraft were completely unoccupied at the time.

The Boeing 777-300 (registered as C-FIUL) was being towed when it’s left wingtip came in contact with the tail of the Airbus A321 (registered as C-GJWO) which was parked. The impact caused substantial damage to the smaller A321 as it was dragged and rotated by the Boeing 777-300 by about thirty degree on the tarmac.

“Both aircraft were empty at the time and there were no injuries. We are investigating the incident. The Boeing 777 has since returned to service and the A321 is being repaired.” Air Canada media relations said.

You can see the footage of the video here

Still from the video when the Boeing 777 wingtip came in contact with the A321’s tail. 

Car collisions are scary, but simply watching a couple hundred-million-dollar aircraft colliding into a parked one is quite spooky too! No information was released by the airline as to how much damage had been caused to both aircraft. As the Boeing 777 returned to service almost immediately after having its wingtip repaired, we can surely tell the A321 won’t see the light of day (or light of sky, should we say?) for a while!

What are your thoughts on incidents like these? Do airports become complacent at times while carrying out fundamental duties, or is it just another bad day at the near end of quite a repugnant 2019?

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