Virgin plane loses part of wing after getting clipped on the runway

Virgin plane loses part of wing after getting clipped on the runway
The wings clipped each other (Picture: PAPD)

A Virgin plane couldn’t take off after another plane clipped it on the runway knocking off part of its wing.

Passengers were on board waiting to take off when the EgyptAir plane touched the left wing.

Photos shared on social media show how the knocked-off piece of wing was loaded onto a truck and driven away as the plane returned to the terminal.

The Virgin flight was meant to fly from New York to London last night, but had to be cancelled after the incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

#BREAKING: @VirginAtlantic, @EGYPTAIR flights clip wings while taxiing for departure at #JFK. No one hurt but major……

Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) November 28, 2017

#PAPD ARFF Unit responded to Taxiway K, JFK, at 7:05 pm, Monday, 11/27/17. An Egypt Air 777 clipped the wing of a Virgin Atlantic A330. Both planes were to depart, returned to Terminal 4. No passenger injuries reported.

— PAPD (@PAPD911) November 28, 2017

A spokesman for Virgin said: ‘Our VS4 flight from New York to London Heathrow sustained damage to the wingtip whilst taxing to the runway at JFK airport on November 27.

‘Safety is always our priority, and all passengers and crew disembarked the aircraft as normal.

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‘We’re arranging alternate travel for affected customers to enable them to continue their journeys as soon as possible, and we would like to thank them for their understanding during the delay.’

The Federal Aviation Administration says the other plane involved was EgyptAir Flight 986, a Boeing 777 headed to Cairo.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says both planes returned to the terminal.

The FAA is investigating how the accident happened.

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