Two passenger jets collided at one of the world's busiest airports

A Heathrow spokesperson said the incident involved planes from Korean Air and Icelandair.
A Heathrow spokesperson said the incident involved planes from Korean Air and Icelandair.Philip Pilosian/
  • Two passenger jets were involved in a minor collision at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday.

  • An airport spokesperson told Insider that the incident involved Korean Air and Icelandair planes.

  • There were no injuries and the officials are investigating the incident, Heathrow said.

A collision between two passengers jets near the runway of London's Heathrow airport led to emergency services scrambling.

A spokesperson for Heathrow airport told Insider: "Yesterday evening our teams responded to a minor collision between two aircraft on the airfield. There were no injuries as a result of the incident and all passengers and crew were safely disembarked."

The spokesperson said the incident involved planes from Korean Air and Icelandair and that an investigation is underway.

A spokesperson for Korean Air told Insider: "While taxiing for departure at London's Heathrow airport, Korean Air flight 908's left winglet came into contact with the tail rudder of an Icelandair B757 aircraft that was taxiing after landing."

They added that the airline is going everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused to passengers, and are cooperating with investigation authorities.

Icelandair did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

A picture tweeted by Dan Sabbagh, a journalist for the Guardian who was a passenger on the Korean Air flight, showed multiple emergency vehicles parked on the airfield.

According to The Guardian, the incident occurred around 8 p.m. local time. The Daily Star first reported the news.

The Heathrow spokesperson said there was no significant impact on arrivals or departures on Wednesday and the airport continued to operate normally.

Heathrow has handled more than 38 million passengers up to August this year, according to its website. Pre-pandemic passenger levels topped 81 million, making it one of the world's busiest airports.

Travelers endured long queues and mass delays at the airport this summer. At one point, it was forced to cap daily passenger numbers at 100,000 to ease the disruption.

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