One step away from tragedy at the airport. Two planes hit each other

One step away from tragedy at the airport.  Two planes hit each other

A tragedy may have occurred recently at the Vancouver airport. Two planes collided on the airport tarmac. See how it happened.

Some time ago we wrote that as many as 11 people were injured on board one of the planes. The plane was traveling from Milan to Atlanta in the USA and unfortunately encountered severe turbulence. As a result, as many as a dozen or so passengers were taken to hospital.

Dangerous situations – although they occur very rarely – may also occur on the airport tarmac. And that’s what happened at the airport in Vancouver, Canada. Two planes hit each other here and it could have been a real tragedy.

Two planes collided on the tarmac

Two Air Canada planes collided with each other at Vancouver International Airport, which is located in British Columbia, Canada. The accident involved passengers from a Q400 bound for Nanaimo, as well as passengers from flight A319 bound for Quebec City. However, their cruises were postponed by many hours.

The event was described on social media by a witness who saw it from the departures hall. According to him, an Air Canada Airbus A319 was being pushed out of the gate by a support vehicle and that’s when it hit the wing of a parked De Havilland Dash 8-400.

“At approximately 2:30 p.m. two planes collided with their wingtips,” he wrote.

Nothing happened to anyone

No person was hurt as a result of the incident. It is not known exactly how many passengers were on board. The Q400 is estimated to seat approximately 45 passengers and the A319 approximately 150, depending on configuration.

Passengers on the 28-minute Dash 8-400 flight to Nanaimo and the five-hour A319 flight to Quebec City were transferred to other flights scheduled for the evening.

Both the A319 and Dash 8-400 are considered particularly safe and reliable aircraft.

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board warns on its website that “at Canadian airports, there continues to be a risk of aircraft colliding with vehicles or other aircraft on the ground” as planes and support vehicles move between ramps, taxiways and runways.

“With millions of takeoffs and landings every year, such situations are rare, but the consequences could be catastrophic. “Several TSB investigations have identified collision risks on runways and the council remains concerned that serious runway incursions will continue to occur until better safeguards are introduced,” council officials said.

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