Weeks after runway blaze, 2 jets collide at Japan airport

TOKYO: Two planes collided at an airport on Japan’s snowy northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, according to the airlines involved, just weeks after a deadly runway blaze in Tokyo.
Nobody was injured in the collision Tuesday, which involved planes belonging to Korean Air and Cathay Pacific. It happened around 5.30 pm local time at New Chitose Airport, according to NHK. Footage on NHK of the airport – which had warned earlier in the day of delays and cancellations because of heavy snow – showed a thick coating on the ground. Cathay Pacific said its aircraft had been “struck by a Korean Air A330, which was taxiing past,” adding in a statement that its jet was parked and empty of customers and crew at the time. Korean Air confirmed that its jet “came into contact” with the Cathay aircraft during pushback.
“There were no injuries, and the airline is cooperating with all relevant authorities,” Korean Air said in a statement. The Korean Air plane was bound for Seoul with 289 passengers and crew aboard, according to news agency Kyodo. The agency reported that the A330, an Airbus, had sustained damage to the left wing, while Cathay’s Boeing 777-300 was damaged near its right tail. NHK reported that a vehicle towing the Korean Air plane had skidded on the snowy tarmac, causing the collision – the second impact between planes to take place at a Japanese airport this month.
On January 2, a Japan Airlines plane erupted in flames after colliding with a coast guard aircraft as it was landing in Tokyo. Five crew members on the coast guard jet were killed; all 367 passengers and 12 crew aboard the Japan Airlines plane safely evacuated. nyt
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