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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ryanair plane has wing-tip torn off in airport 'scrape'

Ryanair passengers were left shocked at Dublin Airport today after a plane had a wing-tip ripped off after it collided with another aircraft.

The incident happened this morning after 6am while both planes were taxiing for departure. The winglet of one aircraft was torn off and became embedded in the tail section of the second plane.

Passengers on board described feeling the plane "tug" as it passed the aircraft beside it.

But Ryanair played down the incident, which is now under investigation by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

"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," a statement from the airline said.

Apologised

Ryanair stressed there was no impact on customers on board who were destined for Edinburgh and Charleroi.

It also "apologised sincerely to customers for any inconvenience".

The Irish Aviation Authority said the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will conduct an investigation.

Ryanair later updated its statement to state that "both aircraft were under the instruction of Dublin Airport Air Traffic Control" at the time of the incident.

Drogheda native Andrea Cunningham was on the flight to Edinburgh.

"We turned the corner and hit into the wing on another plane," she said.

"It wasn't a huge impact to be honest. You could feel the plane tug and then we stopped.

"We were on the plane for short of an hour just waiting to get back to the airport terminal," she told Morning Ireland on RTE.

Emergency services were deployed but there were no injuries.

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