A brand new A350 Cathay Pacific plane has fallen into a ditch during pushback at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Israel.
This is not only embarrassing for the airport and the airline. Currently, the plane appears to still be stuck after five hours with no chance of being pulled out.
This story and images come courtesy from TLV Plane Spotters group on Facebook.
Cathay Pacific flight 676 (TLV-HKG) was departing on a normal service when during pushback, the wheels sank into the soft pavement and into a ditch.
At first, it looks like it the plane is just sitting normally on the taxiway, but upon close inspection, the wheels have actually been pushed into the concrete.
Passengers had to be deplaned, bussed and placed onto other flights to compensate, whilst officials brainstorm on how to get the plane out.
Internet commentators have been quick to offer solutions:
Worst comes to worst they can get a crane to lift the aircraft and voila. – Marie Mariani
And some were not as helpful as others:
If that was a Boeing they would rev up the engines and move right out lol – Steven Dunkleman
Needless to say, this is a problem for the airline, as having a brand new A350 out of action for even a few hours is a huge loss in terms of revenue.
“One immobilized aircraft is a big money loss for the airline. Also they need to accommodate passengers or reroute them on other flights. I am sure they will determine who is responsible for this if the flight crew or the tow machine operator. One less plane in the sky is still a loss for the airline.” – Marie Mariani
Cathay Pacific has been contacted for comment on this issue.
This is a developing story at this time. Let us know what you think in the comments.