Virgin Australia, Jetstar aircraft in minor ground collision

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A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 and an Airbus A320 were involved in a ground collision at Melbourne Tullamarine airport on 10 August.

The Virgin 737, registered VH-YID with 175 passengers and six crew on board, was pushed back at approximately 9:30 local time when the aircraft’s left wingtip collided with the tail end of a Jetstar A320, registered VH-VGR. The A320 was reported as being stationary with no passengers on board at the time of the collision.

Photos of the two aircraft show that the wingtip appears to have severed part of the A320’s tailcone, but reports say that it did not penetrate the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit. No one was injured in the accident.

A spokesman for Virgin says that the wingtip of VH-YID received "minor damage" in the collision and that engineers are assessing the damage and will make repairs before the aircraft is put back into service.

He adds that the airline has notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau of the accident and has started its own investigation. Jetstar and Melbourne airport are also investigating.