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Asiana plane crashes while taxiing

May 15,2018
An Asiana Airlines plane crashed into a Turkish Airline jet while taxiing on the runway at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport on Sunday.

According to the Korean airline on Monday, no injuries were reported from the accident, which left the Turkish plane with a damaged tail. The Korean and Turkish governments are both investigating the incident.

Asiana said the company itself is not involved in the investigation and did not disclose a clear reason for the accident.

A company spokesperson said such cases typically require roughly six months to as long as a year of investigation before a clear cause can be announced.

The Asiana’s A330 wide body jetliner was bound for Incheon, scheduled to depart from Turkey at 5:30 p.m. local time.

There were 222 passengers on board along with a 16-person flight crew - four in the cockpit and 12 in the cabin.

While taxiing on the runway, the plane collided with a Turkish Airlines A321 narrow body jet that was parked nearby.

Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper reported that the collision “caused extensive damage on the vertical stabilizer of the Turkish plane.”

The Turkish newspaper also reported that fire crews rushed to the scene in case a fire started.

Asiana’s plane also was damaged on the right winglet, the tip of the wing, according to the company.

Asiana passengers were moved to nearby hotels after the incident.

Nearly 100 passengers arrived in Incheon through flights offered by other carriers like Korean Air and Turkish Airlines later on Sunday.

The remaining passengers are due to arrive in Incheon at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on Asiana flight OZ5519, according to a spokesperson from the Korean airline Monday.

A video of the incident went viral on YouTube.


BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]