Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two Qantas Jets Collide While Being Towed

Two Qantas passenger jets have collided on the tarmac at an Australian airport in the latest accident to blight the airline.

Qantas Calamity: Two Jets Collide

Both Boeing 747 planes were damaged as they ran into each other while being towed at the airline's maintenance base at Avalon airport, outside Melbourne.

One of the aircraft involved had already been damaged in a mid-air explosion in July when a gaping hole was ripped open in the jet's fuselage.

Local television news footage showed the nose of one jet had caved in after hitting the left wing of the other, leaving a large dent.

"Both aircraft sustained some damage, and the extent of this is being assessed," said Qantas general manager of engineering David Cox.

The maintenance staff involved have been suspended from duty pending a full inquiry, he said.

Qantas has not said how many personnel were involved but confirmed no passengers were on board at the time of the incident.

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