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ATC oversights led to Scoot 787, Emirates A380 prang

Improper instructions from air traffic control personnel at Singapore's Changi Airport led to the wing-to-wing collision between a Scoot Boeing 787 and an Emirates Airbus A380 on 30 March 2017.

In its final report, the Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) classified the incident as serious, and identifies 787 as 9V-OJA and the A380 as A6-EUB.

The incident, which occurred at at 01:40 local time, saw the left wing tip of the 787 collide while it was taxiing with the right wing tip of the A380, which was being pushed back from a parking bay at Terminal 1. There were no injuries aboard either aircraft.

The TSIB found that the ATC staffer in charge of the 787, who was in training, made a number of mistakes, which led 9V-OJA to turn left on the wrong taxiiway, where the collision occured.

It was found that the 787's left wing suffered damage which included the delamination and scuffing of multiple composite panels; multiple bent and abraded skin panels; cracked wing tip light lenses and severed static discharger wicks.

Meanwhile, the A380's right wing had scratches on wing leading edge and slats, as well as cracked ribs and spars.

Following the incident, Scoot issued an internal notice in April 2017 to remind pilots to exercise caution when taxiing, and stop the aircraft when in doubt.

The Civil Aviation of Singapore is also working towards a system by 2020, where the green taxiway centreline lights are automatically switched on, just ahead of the taxi path of an aircraft and automatically switched off, once it has taxied past.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that 9V-OJA is of 2015-vintage and is owned and managed by Scoot. Meanwhile, A6-EUB is of 2016-vintage and is owned by Stellwagen Capital and managed by Seraph Aviation Management.

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