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Mumbai Airport: Wing tips of two taxiing planes collide

In a freak ground incident, the wing tips of two aircraft — one reportedly stationary and the other taxiing — collided at Mumbai Airport on Wednesday. This happened when the wings of an incoming Kuwait Airways wide body aircraft and an outbound IndiGo narrow body aircraft clipped before 6 am, much before sunrise when it was still dark.

IndiGo Airbus A-320 (VT-IFP)’s sharklet -portion curved at the tip of aircraft wing — was damaged by the impact. The plane returned to the terminal and had to be grounded. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this incident.

In a statement, IndiGo said: “IndiGo confirms that the wing tip of its Airbus A-320 aircraft came in contact with the wing tip of the Airbus A-330 – a wide body aircraft of an international operator — while taxing at the Mumbai airport Wednesday morning. At about 5:45 am, while the aircraft of this international airline was taxing toward the parking stand, at the same time an IndiGo flight (6E 207) was taxing to depart to Jaipur from taxi way ‘N’ and ‘W’ respectively…. under air traffic control’s (ATC)

Kuwait Airways’ spokesman Andrew Chupeau said in a mail: “As the Kuwait Airways A-330 was in a holding/stationary position when the incident took place, the IndiGo A-320 came into contact with the Kuwait Airways A-330…. Kuwait Airways can confirm that no passengers were at risk; however, it is understood that the wingtip of an A-320 aircraft scratched Kuwait Airways’ A-330 (9K-APA) left outboard flap. Kuwait Airways is cooperating fully with both the Indian civil aviation authorities and Kuwait’s DGCA, in order to investigate this incident, and further details will be issued as soon as more information becomes available.” The flight, KU 301, had flown into Mumbai from Kuwait City.