Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 and British Airways A350 suffer ground collision at London's Heathrow Airport

Plane Collision at Heathrow Airport

Plane Collision at Heathrow Airport

British Airways received G-XWBC, an Airbus A350-1000, in November 2019. The aircraft is 4.4 years old, according to Moreover, British Airways possesses 18 A350-1000 variants, all of which are now in active service. Currently, the aircraft type's average fleet age is 2.6 years.

Regarding G-VDIA, it is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was handed over to Virgin in March of 2016. The airline operates a fleet of 17 787-9 variants.

In a statement, a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said the airline is aware that the wingtip of one of the empty aircraft came collided with another aircraft while it was being towed from the stand at London Heathrow Terminal 3. "The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We can confirm no customers were on board the Virgin Atlantic aircraft during this time," the spokesperson said, adding that a comprehensive investigation has been launched. Virgin Atlantic's engineering teams are monitoring the aircraft, which is currently out of service.

The incident occurred when the Virgin jet was being directed by a tug when the wiglets of the aircraft contacted the tail of the nearby BA aircraft, Daily Mail reported. Following the incident, emergency services rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, a video that has surfaced on social media shows the aftermath of the incident at Heathrow airport.

The officials verified that the plane was being moved to a different area of the airfield as it had just finished a trip. Moreover, the flight schedule remains unaffected by the collision.

An eyewitness wrote: “Just witnessed a plane crash at Heathrow! A tug pushing back a Virgin 787, crashed the wing into a BA A350.”

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