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SriLankan/BA bent metal at LHR?

Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:11
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SriLankan/BA bent metal at LHR?

Sky News reporting than an engine has been knocked off a BA 747 after a collison (while taxiing) with a Sri-Lankan Airlines aircraft.
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:16
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Confirmation

BBC news 24 said fire brigade confirm two aircraft have collided whilst taxying at about 2215 local time. One is said to be Sri Lankan, other said to be a BA 747. No reports of any injuries.
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:19
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Two planes have collided at Heathrow Airport, Sky News sources say.
Sky's Martin Brunt said the aircraft had hit each other while taxiing on the runway.
One of the planes belonged to SriLankan Airlines, while the other was a British Airways jumbo jet, he said.

One of them lost the tip of a wing, and an engine fell from the other craft, he added
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:20
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heathrow fender bender

no injuries reported
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:20
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Sri Lankan A340 & BA B747, which apparently has lost an engine.

*edit - spelling*
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:32
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Must be worth having four engines if you run the risk of losing one on taxying.
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:33
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London Fire Brigade report that there was a minor incident but no damage has been done.

SkyNews, never wrong for long.
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:34
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Sky's Martin Brunt said the aircraft had hit each other while taxiing on the runway.
I hope that's a bit of journalistic licence! :S

AFAIK they don't allow multiple aircraft on the r/w at Heathrow.
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:41
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7046224.stm
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AFAIK they don't allow multiple aircraft on the r/w at Heathrow.
Oh yes we do!
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Old 15th Oct 2007, 23:47
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AFAIK they don't allow multiple aircraft on the r/w at Heathrow.
Oh yes they do. I watched in awe a couple of years ago as they backtracked over 20 a/c from 09R back down to 27L It was that day when that super cell t/s was sitting right over the airport for about an hour !!.

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Old 16th Oct 2007, 00:24
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From the horse's mouth

Just got off the phone to my brother who is SLF on the BA flight.

BA aircraft was stationary when it was clipped by the Sri Lanken plane.

To give an idea of how minor it was, he was surprised it had been reported on the news. Passengers offloaded after a 2.5hr wait on the plane - which was left parked where the collision had occurred.
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 00:26
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Yes ok, backtracking is different, and with the ground radar it's fairly safe, but two aircraft on the runway close enough together to collide?
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 00:32
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Stateside, Fox News is making this out to be something akin to Tenerife '77, with engines littering the runways, dozens of fire engines on scene and pandemonium ensuing. And you thought you had it bad with Sky News!
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Wink 747 loses engine before takeoff

Did they make it to LA?
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 01:57
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good one DA 50

the press seems to be running away with this one...I'm sure as soon as actual pictures are published, the truth will win out.

anyone know the location on the airport where it happened? a diagram perhaps?
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 02:06
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just to the left of the Virgin hangar as you look at it!!
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anyone know the location on the airport where it happened? a diagram perhaps?
BAW11 G-BNLL is still transmitting a mode S signal. The aircraft appears to be on Link 23 in the 27R hold.
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 02:17
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I was there when it happened. No engine knocked off and it didn't happen on the runway, the (very minor and un-newsworthy) collision took place on the new taxiway complex leading to 27R. Looked like wingtip contact and nothing else. A big response from the fire service but when the call comes through they have no idea how bad the damage is and perhaps there is a huge fuel leak, upwards of 600 people involved so might as well throw everything at it until you know better. Most of what is on the news is total rubbish as usual.
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Old 16th Oct 2007, 05:45
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BBC news story linked to earlier in this thread now has a photo of the damage. Looks like the 744 is in for a new wingtip. Need a different angle to see if the 'bus is damage free.
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