Sky 737 in wing tip strike in Chile

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A Boeing 737-200 operated by Chilean carrier Sky Airline damaged its right wing during an aborted landing incident at La Serena airport in northern Chile on 18 July.

The aircraft was operating a flight from Antofagasta to La Serena, with continuing service to Santiago at the time. It attempted to land at La Serena during poor visibility conditions due to dense fog around the runway, says the airline.

The 737's right wing grazed the runway before the pilot aborted the landing for a go-around. The aircraft eventually diverted to Copiapo airport in the Atacama region, north of La Serena, where it landed uneventfully.

Sky says that it is carrying out an investigation into the incident.