Web Stories Wednesday, February 28

All 379 people on board the JAL Airbus escaped just before the aircraft was engulfed in flames.

Five of the six people on the smaller aircraft, which was helping in a relief operation after a major earthquake in central Japan, died.

Then on Tuesday, the wing tip of a Korean Air airliner struck an empty Cathay Pacific plane while taxiing at an airport in the northern island of Hokkaido.

Korean Air said the accident, which caused no injuries, happened after “the third-party ground handler vehicle slipped due to heavy snow.”

A similar mishap took place on Sunday when an ANA aircraft came into “contact” with a Delta Air Lines plane at a Chicago airport, the Japanese airline told AFP, also causing no injuries.

Another ANA flight reportedly had to turn back on Saturday after a crack was discovered on the cockpit window of the Boeing 737-800.

“Wing strike” incidents “do happen” because many airports are handling bigger planes than they were built for, Doug Drury, aviation expert at Central Queensland University, told AFP.

“The cracked window incident may have been caused by a faulty window heat system as the temperatures are quite extreme at altitude,” he added.

“This is not uncommon and has happened to me during my career.”


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