Virgin launches investigation into collision with BA plane at Heathrow

Two planes collide at Heathrow
By Linsey McNeill
08/04/2024
Home » Virgin launches investigation into collision with BA plane at Heathrow

Two passenger planes clipped wings at London’s Heathrow airport on Saturday, causing minor damage to both aircraft.

Virgin Atlantic said it is investigating the collision, which happened as one of its Boeing 787s, which was empty, was being towed to a different part of the airport.

It hit the wing of a British Airways plane, which was stationary. BA’s passengers had to be transferred to another aircraft to allow the wing to be examined.

In a statement, Virgin said: “We are aware that the wingtip of one of our empty aircraft came into contact with another aircraft whilst being towed from the stand at London Heathrow Terminal 3. 

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.”

It added: “We’ve commenced a full and thorough investigation and our engineering teams are performing maintenance checks on the aircraft, which for now has been taken out of service.”

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