Qantas, United Airlines Jets Involved in Minor Collision at Australian Airport

There were no injuries. The Qantas jet was due to fly from Melbourne to Sydney with 155 passengers and 11 crew on board but did not take off after the collision.


Passenger jets owned by Qantas and United Airlines were involved in a minor collision at Melbourne Airport on Thursday, airport officials and the carriers said. There were no injuries.

"A Qantas Boeing 767 was clipped by a Boeing 747 operated by another airline on a taxi way at Melbourne Airport," Qantas Airways Ltd. said in a statement.

Airport spokesman Tom Perry said the collision was "a minor incident - no passengers were hurt."

The Qantas jet was due to fly from Melbourne to Sydney with 155 passengers and 11 crew on board but did not take off after the collision.

In a statement, United said its Flight 840 from Melbourne to Los Angeles via Sydney reported "a wingtip touch with a Qantas aircraft as it taxied."

The carrier said none of the plane's 99 passengers were injured. The flight also had 14 crew.

"The cause of this incident is not known at this time and United is investigating," the airline said.

United was organizing alternative travel plans for the affected passengers.

The Australian Transport Safety Board was investigating the collision.


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