Yesterday, two heavies Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 collided on the ground at Dubai International Airport that is going to cost millions to the airlines.
|British Airways Airbus A350 And Emirates Boeing 777 Collide In Dubai Airport Photo: @Airline_Kitty|
A British Airways Airbus A350-1000 has collided with an Emirates Boeing 777 in Dubai. When this incident happened, the A350 was being pushed back in Dubai whereas the Emirates Boeing 777 was parked on the tarmac.
The British Airways A350s horizontal stabilizer hit the Emirates Boeing 777, while being pushed back for its flight back to London as BA106.
The British Airways A350-1000 with registration G-XWBA is the first A350 delivered to the airline in July last year. Whereas, the Emirates Boeing 777 with registration A6-EBR is a 13 year old plane.
|The BA A350 was scheduled to fly back to London as cargo flight Photo: @JACDECNew|
The 13 year old Boeing 777 was parked, having operated its last flight yesterday from Riyadh to Dubai. And it wasn’t planned to operate any of the flight.
As demand for air travel have decreased to an all-time lowest due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, airlines have been operating cargo operations using its main fleet as well to maintain at least small amount of profit.
British Airways A350 was operating cargo only flight out bound for London-Heathrow and was due to depart from Dubai at 1:30, to arrive in London at 06:15.
|The A350 involved in the incident was the first A350 delivered to BA Photo: @A350 Production|
However, the aircraft won’t be flying anytime soon and it is still unclear how much priority will be given to fix the plane citing current global situation.
It isn’t going to be a very cheap fix for the carriers. It is not clear how long these wide-bodies are on the ground at Dubai Airport.
Regarding the incident, British Airways spokesman said:
“Safety is always our highest priority. The aircraft will be fully accessed before it is cleared to fly.”
|The incident is being investigated by the airport authority Photo: @Airline_Kitty|
Meanwhile, Emirates spokesman said:
“We can confirm that early this morning (14 April), another airline’s aircraft made contact with a stationary Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport. No one was injured. The incident is under investigation.”
View all photos on next tweet:
British Airways A350K (G-XWBA) and Emirates B773 (A6-EBR) both got stabilizer damage in a ground collision while A350 was pushed-back at Dubai-Intl AP (OMDB). The return flight #BA106 to London was canceled. @airline_kitty https://t.co/W1N9UWHbNp pic.twitter.com/9alSzUP4cB
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) April 14, 2020
Let’s see what an investigation reveal about this incident. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below: