An Easyjet Airbus A320 and a KLM Boeing 737-800 collided during pushback at the Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport last Tuesday morning which resulted to the delay of hundreds of passengers. The A320 was headed for London and the 737 was headed for Madrid. The wingtip and winglet of the Airbus hit the horizontal stabilizer of the Boeing jet as seen through passenger photographs.
A passenger onboard the easyJet flight told the Press Association he had experienced “a bit of a jolt” after the collision but thought it was “nothing unusual”. Travellers on the plane had to wait for more than an hour on the tarmac while ground staff worked out how to deal with the incident, he said.
They then faced a further delay of about four hours, but he added: “I’m just happy everyone is OK.”
Passengers of the KLM flight were all transferred to a different aircraft. Both jets were withdrawn from service for a thorough inspection.
In a statement from Easyjet, they said “EasyJet can confirm that two aircraft made contact during pushback from stand, one of which was EasyJet flight EJU8868 from Amsterdam to London, Gatwick."
All passengers and crew were disembarked and no one were hurt brought by the collision.
A video from Air Plus News shows the actual collision of the two jets.