Aircraft’s ‘Tail clipped’ at Southampton Airport

flybe Q400

A familiar site over Eastleigh skies: A Flybe Bombardier Q400

There was an incident at Southampton Airport earlier today when a Flybe aircraft being manoeuvred on the apron made contact with another parked aircraft.

An Airport spokesperson described the incident as ‘very minor’ but the damage resulted in delays to flights.

Flybe released the following statement:

“Flybe can confirm that, during the pushback process, the tail of the Glasgow-bound aircraft clipped the tail of the stationary Manchester-bound aircraft. Both tails suffered minor damage despite the fact that the aircraft was only moving at walking pace. Flybe engineers are currently assessing the aircraft.

“Flybe is bringing alternative aircraft to Southampton to operate those services and estimate that the BE880 to Glasgow will be delayed by two hours and 55 minutes, while the BE861 to Manchester will experience a delay of one hour and 45 minutes. Flybe apologises for these delays and any inconvenience this will cause our passengers.”




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  1 comment for “Aircraft’s ‘Tail clipped’ at Southampton Airport

  1. Peter Stewart
    January 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The aircraft must weigh about 16 tons and therefore even at a “walking pace” its momentum is considerable and it will do considerable damage.

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