Two planes collide at Dubai’s main airport

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Two passenger planes from low cost airline FlyDubai and Bahrain-based Gulf Air collided early Thursday morning on the Dubai International Airport taxiway, although authorities reported no injuries in the incident.

FlyDubai said one of its Boeing 737-800s on its way to Kyrgyzstan was hit by “a minor incident” and was forced to return to the booth. It said passengers were taking a later flight, which departed six hours later.

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“FlyDubai will work with authorities to investigate the incident,” the airline said, adding that the collision damaged a wing tip of one of the planes.

Gulf Air said one of its planes was “hit in the tail by another airline’s plane.” Gulf Air did not identify the affected aircraft, but said it was “working to reconnect all passengers to their final destinations”. Gulf Air flies passengers from Dubai International Airport to its hub at Bahrain International Airport in Manama.

Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel before the coronavirus pandemic, said the collision forced them to shut down one of its two runways for two hours. It said operations were not affected by the closure.

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