2 jets collide in Melbourne airport


SYDNEY, New South Wales: Two commercial jets collided on the tarmac at Australia’s Melbourne airport Saturday, officials said, damaging the aircraft but causing no injury to passengers. The crash, between a reversing Virgin Australia 737 and an A320 Jetstar craft, saw one jet lose part of its tail cone and the other suffer wing damage, according to engineers who witnessed the damage. The Virgin aircraft, bound for Maroochydore and carrying 175 passengers, hit an empty Jetstar plane as it was leaving the gate for take-off at about 9:30am, Virgin said. Its wing-tip was damaged but the Jetstar aircraft lost the end of its tail cone, said engineer Paul Cousins, who described it as a lucky escape and put the damage bill at at least Aus$3 million (US$2.75 million) for each airline.


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