Air India & Ethiopian Airlines Aircraft Clip Wings in Delhi

Akshay Mantri

It was a close call at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an Ethiopian Airlines B767-300ER clipped wings with an Air India Airbus A320 parked on the ramp.

The incident reportedly occurred when the Ethiopian 767 was being push-backed for its flight to Addis Ababa (ET687) at around 2:25 am on Wednesday (August 9, 2017) when wingtips of both the aircraft clipped each other, causing minor damage to both the affected aircraft.

 

The Air India winglet cut roughly a foot into the wing of the Ethiopian 767 aircraft. (Photo: The Hindu Business Line)

 

The Boeing 767-300ER for Ethiopian Airlines in the collision was registered ET-AMG, a 17-year-old aircraft. The Air India type involved was a 2-year-old Airbus A320 with sharklets, registered VT-EXD. Both of the involved aircraft remain on the ground at Indira Gandhi International Airport, likely to be repaired using the Air India maintenance facilities.

“Our Boeing 767 aircraft while preparing for a regular Delhi- Addis Ababa (ET687) had a minor ground incident of wing tip collision with an Air India A320 aircraft during pushback,” an Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. No passengers were harmed in this incident, but the passengers onboard the ET 767 were accommodated with a substitute aircraft following a hefty delay. Ethiopian Airlines later noted, “…we flew a substitute aircraft to continue the flight service for our valued customers. Apologies to the passengers on the flight.”

Photo: The Hindu Business Line

An Air India official said the national carrier will be claiming damages from Ethiopian Airlines. Since the Indian A320 was parked idle next to the ET 767 when the wingtips clipped.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident & a fully detailed report is expected. DGCA ordered its investigation into the incident but it has not taken any action against any airline involved in the incident. Reports say that the ET 767 aircraft was not being guided as required by DEL Airport ground personnel.

It is expected that the Ethiopian Airlines crew did not receive the directions from ATC correctly, resulting in the collision.

Featured photo from The Hindu Business Line.