Two aeroplanes collided at Heathrow Airport in London on Wednesday evening. The collision was minor, with a Korean Air aircraft clipping the tail of an Icelandair aircraft.
It has been reported that two aeroplanes collided on the tarmac late on Wednesday evening at Heathrow Airport. It has been confirmed there are no known casualties, and emergency services responded immediately. Flight KE908 was heading to Seoul while flight FI454 was waiting for further instructions from the control tower after landing moments before.
Flights cancelled following Heathrow Airport incident
The Korean Air 777-300 (registered HL7782) was taxiing out for takeoff to Seoul, South Korea, before its left wing clipped the tail of an Icelandair 757-200 (registered TF-FIK) that was awaiting guidance to park at the gate.
It is reported that the Icelandic airline will need to make repairs before flying back to Reykjavik, resulting in the flight being cancelled. The aircraft will require a new rudder which can be an expensive and lengthy process.
Emergency services were quickly called to the scene. However, no injuries have been reported. Some witnesses have claimed that up to ten police cars surrounded the Korean aircraft, alongside multiple fire engines from London Fire Brigade.
A spokeswoman for the airport confirmed the incident and that appropriate measures were being taken.
“No injuries have been reported but emergency services are attending to ensure all passengers and crew are safe and well.”
A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service stated that multiple resources were provided for the incident, including a hazardous response team to ensure all passengers were safe.
“We attended a reception centre for passengers but nobody required treatment or needed to be taken to hospital.”
On-lookers took to social media sharing the drama unfold
Passengers and on-lookers have taken to social media to share their experiences.
Is this normal for Heathrow? Got to be 4 or 5 different emergency service vehicle with blue lights flashing on the tarmac. pic.twitter.com/IkNmGkFTC4
— Steve Smith – Broke Britannia (@BrokeBritannia) September 28, 2022
Before being told about the clash, passengers were informed that the Korean aircraft would be delayed due to technical problems.
One passenger onboard the flight heading to Seoul stated in a tweet that passengers have been asked to leave the aircraft for safety reasons. Passengers were told to bring all carry-on luggage with them off the plane but have not been informed by the airline as to when they will be able to next fly out.
I was and am on a plane to Korea from London then the captain said there's a technical issue so we need to go back to the gate then apparently our flight hit the Icelandic air flights stabilizer… we were told to leave everything back and being out passport only
— Hami Lee 이함이 (@leehami7407) September 28, 2022
Dan Sabbagh, defence and security editor at The Guardian, was also onboard the flight. In a tweet, he assured that passengers could not feel anything from the inside and there was no apparent danger or injuries.
I think there is a problem with my plane (yep, it's Heathrow) pic.twitter.com/SueO7H3Imx
— Dan Sabbagh (@dansabbagh) September 28, 2022
It is expected that there will be no significant impact on departures or arrivals, but passengers can contact their respective airlines for status updates if concerned.
The incident is now under investigation.