Passenger Jets Collided on Runway at One of the World’s Busiest Airports

A collision between two passengers jets on a runway of London’s Heathrow airport led to emergency services scrambling.

A spokesperson for Heathrow airport told Insider: “Yesterday evening our teams responded to a minor collision between two aircraft on the airfield. There were no injuries as a result of the incident and all passengers and crew were safely disembarked.” 

The spokesperson said the incident involved planes from Korean Air and Icelandair and that an investigation is underway.

Korean Air and Icelandair did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

A picture tweeted by Dan Sabbagh, a journalist for the Guardian who was a passenger on the Korean Air flight, showed multiple emergency vehicles parked on the runway.

According to The Guardian, the wing of the Korean Air plane destined for Seoul clipped the wing of the parked Icelandair plane while taxiing before its intended take-off at around 8 p.m. local time. The Daily Star first reported the news. 

The Heathrow spokesperson said there was no significant impact on arrivals or departures on Wednesday and the airport continued to operate normally.

Heathrow has handled more than 38 million passengers up to August this year, according to its website. Pre-pandemic passenger levels topped 81 million, making it one of the world’s busiest airports. 

Travelers endured long queues and mass delays at the airport this summer. At one point, it was forced to cap daily passenger numbers at 100,000 to ease the disruption. 

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