A lot of fear for the 289 passengers but no injuries. Damage only to aircraft wings
A Korean Air plane collided with a Cathay Pacific aircraft at Shin-Chitose airport on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. No injuries have been reported so far. This was reported by Japanese TV ‘Nhk’, citing the operator Hokkaido Airports Co. The accident occurred at 5.30pm local time.
The dynamics of the accident
According to a Korean Air official, There were 289 passengers on board the plane and crew members at the time of impact. The contact was made while the Korean Air plane was preparing to take off after a tow car skidded due to snow on the runway. This led to the left wing of the Korean Air plane clipping the right tail wing of the Cathay Pacific plane.
According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo News, there was no one on the Cathay Pacific plane, which was stopped at the time of the accident. Japanese broadcaster NTV confirmed that no injuries were reported, while firefighters reported that there were no fuel leaks or fires. It was snowing at the time of the accident.
At the beginning of January, five people who were on board a coast guard plane died following a crash on the runway of a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight, which hit it as it was about to land at Tokyo’s Haneda airport . An investigation was opened into the incident and is still ongoing.