American Airlines 787 Makes Contact With Aer Lingus A330 In Dublin

This morning, an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner made contact with an Aer Lingus Airbus A330 at Dublin Airport. As a result, the AA flight was ordered to be temporarily grounded while the situation is under investigation.

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There was concern in the capital of Ireland today following the contact of two twinjet widebodies. Photo: Luka Cvetkovic | @euro_spotter

Transatlantic efforts

Dublin Live reports that the American Airlines 787-8 tipped an Aer Lingus A330 while being pushed back from Dublin’s terminal stand. The AA flight was getting ready for takeoff, while the Aer Lingus widebody was stationary when the incident occurred.

According to RadarBox.com, N873BB, the 787 that tipped the A330, flew in from Philadelphia at 08:32 this morning following a five-hour and 53-minute journey. The plane had been hopping to Dublin, Amsterdam, and Miami all week before today’s contact.

The aircraft is one of 46 787 Dreamliners in American Airlines’ fleet. The Texan outfit welcomed its first Dreamliner back in January 2015 and it relies on the twinjet for its long-haul operations alongside the 777.

Word from the airlines

Thankfully, there are no reported injuries to anyone involved in the incident. However, passengers on the American Airlines aircraft are now heavily delayed as a result of the contact.

“American Airlines flight AA723 from Dublin (DUB) to Philadelphia (PHL), a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, incurred damage during push back, when the right wingtip made contact with a nearby parked aircraft. All customers onboard have deplaned and returned to the terminal with no injuries reported,” the spokesperson told Simple Flying.

“We are providing overnight accommodation for our customers and rebooking them on alternative flights departing tomorrow. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

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American Airlines resumed flights between Philadelphia and Dublin at the end of March, flying daily on this popular. Photo: Luka Cvetkovic | @euro_spotter

Aer Lingus also shared an update with Simple Flying. The Airline confirmed contact was made with the wingtip of the A330. The plane was parked and had no customers on board when the incident happened as it was not due to operate today.

Subsequently, there has been no resulting impact on the flag carrier of Ireland’s schedule. Nonetheless, a spokesperson for the airline shared that the company has launched an investigation with the associated parties.

Aer Lingus Airbus A330
Aer Lingus presently holds 14 Airbus A330s in its fleet Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Efforts to reduce such occurrences

Altogether, collisions are something that the aviation industry is working heavily to reduce. Current procedures are often outdated and rely heavily on manual processes. Therefore, stakeholders are collaborating on systems that can significantly reduce the chances of contact at airports. For instance, Evitado is working on a high-tech solution that can cut down collisions by up to 90%. Those on the ground at Dublin Airport today would undoubtedly be keeping their eyes on progress in this field.

What are your thoughts about this contact between an American Airlines Boeing 787 and Aer Lingus Airbus A330 at Dublin Airport today? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.

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