Well this is unfortunate:
Thankfully none of the passengers on the Asiana Airbus A330 (carrying 222 passengers) or the Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 (it’s unknown if anyone was on board) were injured. However, all 222 passengers on the Asiana flight had their Incheon-bound flight canceled and were accommodated at a nearby hotel overnight.
Asiana Airbus A330 (HL7792) collides with Turkish Airlines A321 on taxiway "Golf" when it hit the tailfin of TC-JMM – pushing back of parking stand 218 – resulting in serious damage to the latter. https://t.co/EiCVkIcueR pic.twitter.com/e6AjmbMQEQ
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So what happened? Apparently the Asiana Airbus was taxiing on Sunday at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport when its starboard wingtip sheared off the Turkish Airlines Airbus A321’s vertical stabilizer. The impact set the Turkish Airlines Airbus’ twin-engine jet on fire and caused it to skid on the runway.
The US National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the pilots of Flight 214 over-relied on automated systems they did not fully understand — leading to a “too low and too slow” landing.
Some may remember another time that an Asiana airlines plane was involved in a collision: July 6, 2013, when theira Boeing 777 struck a seawall as it landed in San Francisco, killing three passengers and injuring more than 180.
To read more on this story, go to The Korea Times.