A Korean Air Lines plane made contact with a Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft at New Chitose Airport on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan, according to Fuji TV’s report based on information from news agency Reuters.
As of now, there have been no reported injuries, as confirmed by the broadcaster. Cathay Pacific acknowledged the incident, stating that one of its planes was “struck” by a Korean Air airliner. The statement read, “Cathay Pacific confirms that there was an incident involving a Cathay Pacific aircraft while it was parked at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo today (16 January). Our aircraft, which was stationary at the time with no customers nor crew onboard, was struck by a Korean Air A330 which was taxiing past.”
Reports from Japanese media indicated that the Korean Air plane, carrying 289 people, made contact with the parked Cathay Pacific aircraft, the Reuters report said.
This incident occurred merely two weeks after a collision between a Japan Airlines airliner and a coast guard plane on a runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
Korean Air also verified the absence of injuries on board its plane, explaining, “A Korean Air aircraft came into contact with a Cathay aircraft during pushback at New Chitose (Sapporo) Airport when the third-party ground handler vehicle slipped due to heavy snow. There were no injuries, and the airline is cooperating with all relevant authorities,” as reported by Reuters.