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Probe after planes collide on tarmac at Aberdeen International Airport

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A probe has been launched after a plane collided with another aircraft on the tarmac at Aberdeen International Airport.

No passengers were aboard either of the aircraft involved and no-one was injured but a full investigation has been launched.

The tarmac remained cordoned-off last night as fire and rescue crews and other airport staff worked to make the scene safe.

The incident involved a plane which belonged to the collapsed airline Flybe as it was being prepared for departure.

At around 6pm yesterday it ran into the rear of a stationary Loganair aircraft.

The latter had already offloaded its passengers and it is understood only crew were on board when it was struck.

Images appeared to show the rear of the Loganair plane resting on the nose of the other.

The incident is now the subject of a probe by the the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

A spokesman for the safety body said: “Following an incident at Aberdeen Airport this afternoon, the AAIB is making initial inquiries.

“At this stage there is no further comment.”

A spokesman for Aberdeen Airport said: “At approximately 6pm on Tuesday a former Flybe aircraft, which was being prepared for departure, came into contact with a parked Loganair Embraer 145 regional jet.

“There were no passengers on either aircraft, no-one was injured and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch is now carrying out an investigation.”

A spokeswoman for Loganair said: “Just before 6pm yesterday evening, a Loganair Embraer 145 regional jet, parked with no passengers or crew members aboard, was hit by a former Flybe Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which we understand was being prepared for departure after being stored at Aberdeen Airport.

“The nose of the Q400 impacted the rear port side of the Embraer, becoming lodged underneath and lifting the right main gear off the ground.

“The most important thing is that no-one was injured in the incident, with the crew working on the ex-Flybe aircraft being safe and well, yet understandably shaken by the occurrence.”

She added: “A recovery operation for the aircraft is already in hand.

“We do not expect that this unfortunate occurrence will lead to any disruption to customers on Loganair flights from Aberdeen as we have standby aircraft available to fulfil our schedule.”

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