Scoot, Emirates aircraft come into contact at Changi Airport while preparing for departure

Scoot, Emirates aircraft come into contact at Changi Airport while preparing for departure

Flight TZ188 had to be retimed after the wing of the aircraft made contact with EK405 while it was taxiing for take-off in the early hours of Thursday (Mar 30).

Scoot Emirates plane wings

SINGAPORE: A Scoot flight carrying 303 passengers had to be retimed after a wing of the aircraft made contact with that of an Emirates aircraft while it was taxiing for take-off in the early hours of Thursday (Mar 30).

A Scoot spokesperson said flight TZ188, which was scheduled to leave for Tianjin at 1.30am, was returned to bay after its left wing came into contact with the Emirates aircraft.

All passengers aboard the aircraft were safe but the flight was retimed to about 6am on a replacement aircraft while the affected plane underwent repair.

"We are working with the relevant authorities to investigate the cause of the incident," the spokesperson said.

An Emirates spokesperson also said in a statement that its plane for flight EK405 from Singapore to Dubai was "slightly damaged" from the incident. "Engineering inspections determined that some repairs will be required and as a result, all our affected passengers have now been re-booked on alternative flights," the spokesperson added.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) confirmed that the incident took place and said there were no injuries aboard EK405. Passengers were re-booked on other Emirates flights scheduled to depart later on Thursday, a spokesperson said.

CAG is also working with authorities to investigate the incident, the spokesperson added.

Source: CNA/mz

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