A runway at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport was temporarily shut down on Saturday morning after two Airbus A330 passenger planes, operated by Thai Airways and Taiwan’s EVA Air, collided on a taxiway, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The incident led to no reported injuries and occurred at approximately 11 a.m. local time. Thai Airways confirmed that a winglet on one of its planes sustained damage. The runway was closed following the incident but resumed operations after a two-hour pause.
The Thai Airways flight carried roughly 260 passengers, while EVA Air’s plane had about 200 passengers onboard at the time of the incident. Due to the temporary closure of the runway, flights from other airlines, including All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co., faced delays.
A passenger aboard the EVA Air flight described an “impact” as the plane awaited take-off and noted that “part of the wing of the nearby Thai Airways plane was chipped”. According to eyewitnesses, despite the unforeseen incident and resulting extended confinement inside the plane, passengers maintained a calm demeanour.
The swift response from airport authorities minimized the disruption and quickly ensured passenger safety after the collision. Investigations into the incident are underway to prevent a reoccurrence in the future.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)