Ryanair jets clip wings for the second time
TWO Ryanair planes were grounded after their wings clipped each other while taxiing at Dublin Airport in the second such incident in six months.
The wing tip of one of the planes was left hanging off in the incident between aircraft bound for Edinburgh and Zadar.
It was one of two incidents at the airport this morning with an Aer Lingus flight later forced to make an emergency landing.
The Herald understands that Aer Lingus flight EI 660 had departed Dublin Airport at 8.30am, but turned around just 20 minutes later due to suspected fumes in the cabin.
Fire engines made their way to the runway to meet the airline which was carrying 120 passengers - all of whom exited the plane safely after 9.20am.
Aer Lingus would not comment on fumes in the cabin of the plane but did say that the decision to ground the aircraft was made due to "a technical issue" on board.
An Aer Lingus spokesperson said that the aircraft will now undergo inspection.
"Passengers will be accommodated on an alternative aircraft and resume their journey to Vienna this morning," the spokesperson said.
The two Ryanair planes clipped each other while taxing on the tarmac at around 8am.
Edinburgh flight FR812 and flight FR7312 bound for Zadar, Croatia, scraped off one another's wings, forcing both planes to evacuate their passengers and replace the aircraft.
"Ryanair apologises sincerely to customers for any inconvenience caused," a spokesman said this morning.
There was a similar clipping incident between two Ryanair planes last October leaving on aircraft with a broken wing tip.
On that occasion the winglet of one plane was torn off and became embedded in the tail section of the second aircraft.
There were no injuries in the incident. The Dublin Airport Authority said that today's incidents will be investigated by the Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Unit.