TOKYO – A Korean airplane’s wing collided with a parked Cathay Pacific aircraft at New Chitose Airport in Japan on Tuesday.
Cathay Pacific reported that its stationary aircraft, with no passengers or crew on board, was struck by a Korean Air A330 while taxiing at New Chitose Airport.
According to Japanese media, there were no reported injuries on either aircraft.
Korean Air also verified that there were no injuries among 276 passengers and 13 crew members on board its Airbus A330-300, which was scheduled for departure from New Chitose Airport to Seoul Incheon on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The Korean airline stated that their aircraft made contact with the Cathay aircraft at around 5:35 p.m. during pushback when a third-party ground handler vehicle slipped due to heavy snow.
The airport operator’s spokesperson verified the contact but provided no further details on the accident’s cause. Both airlines did not disclose the extent of the damage but noted the need to transfer passengers to alternative planes.
Moreover, NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster) footage revealed a snow-covered Korean Air plane with wing damage, including a broken-off wing tip, and damage to the rear section of Cathay’s aircraft.
As per reports, 46 flights faced cancellations on Tuesday due to intense snowfall.
Japan’s aviation industry seems to be passing through a rough patch as recently, one of its aircraft with 379 on board including 12 crew members caught fire after colliding with another aircraft. Fortunately, all the passengers were left unhurt though five out of six occupants in the other aircraft lost their lives.
Responding to the incident, the government recently declared an enhancement in air traffic control protocols.