There was drama at Dublin Airport when two planes were involved in a runway collision.
Both Ryanair aircraft were taxiing on the runway when they hit each other; as one plane clipped the other, one plane had the tip of its wing knocked off and the tail wing of the other plane was also damaged.
Although it was a low-speed collision, emergency services rushed to the scene to ensure that further damage to the Boeing 737s was prevented and passengers’ safety ensured.
There were delays to subsequent journeys as flights were temporarily grounded. However, once the fire service and airport authorities were happy, Dublin Airport reported that it was “fully operational.”
Not long after the incident, Ryanair released an apologetic statement: “Two of our aircraft were taxiing slowly to the runway at Dublin Airport this morning. The winglet of one aircraft appears to have scraped the tail of the other. Both aircraft were under the instruction of Dublin Airport Air Traffic Control at the time.
“There was no impact on customers on board. Ryanair has contacted the IAA and is working with them to return both aircraft to stand. Normal operations have resumed at Dublin Airport. Affected customers will board two replacement aircraft which will depart to Brussels Charleroi and Edinburgh later this morning. Ryanair apologises sincerely to customers for any inconvenience.”
The IAA confirmed it was investigating in a statement: “The IAA can confirm that two aircraft were involved in an incident at Dublin Airport this morning and emergency services attended the scene. The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been notified and will conduct a further investigation. Dublin Airport is now fully operational, although passengers may anticipate some delays as a result of this morning’s incident and are asked to check with their airlines directly for further information.”
However, concerns over the speed of one of the planes were raised on Twitter. Andrea Cunningham, who was en route to Edinburgh when the collision concerned told RTE’s Morning Ireland: “I thought the plane was going a little bit too fast before the plane was taking off. It wasn’t a huge impact to be honest but you could feel the plane tug and then we stopped. We were on the plane for about an hour, maybe short of an hour.”