Plane grazes another, delays flight in NAIA


Posted at Sep 21 2011 03:49 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2011 11:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Flights were somewhat delayed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday morning after the left wingtip of a Qatar Airways plane grazed that of a Delta Air.

The Media Affairs Division said a tug operator miscalculated the distance between the 2 planes.

The Qatar Airways aircraft, an Airbus Industrie A330, was pushing back for departure at around 12:40 a.m. when its left winglet scraped that of Delta’s Boeing 747-400.

There were only minor scratches but the Qatar plane’s pilot decided to go back to the terminal. He also had the passengers disembark.

After an extensive check, the A330 was given the go signal to take off around 5:01 a.m.
Repairs are also being done on the Boeing 747-400. Its flight was cancelled just the same because of a typhoon battering Japan, where it was scheduled to land.

Employees of Dnata Corp., the ground service provider of Qatar Airways, are now being questioned regarding the incident.