Jets damaged at Melbourne Airport

AFP-JIJI

Two commercial jets collided on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport on Saturday, officials said, damaging the aircraft but causing no injuries to passengers.

The crash, between a reversing Virgin Australia 737 and an A320 Jetstar craft, saw one jet lose part of its tail cone and the other suffer wing damage, according to engineers who checked the damage.

“There were no injuries from (an) accident involving two aircraft which made contact while taxiing this morning, (which is) now under investigation,” Melbourne Airport said on its Twitter feed.

The Virgin aircraft, bound for Maroochydore and carrying 175 passengers, hit an empty Jetstar plane as it was leaving the gate for take off at about 9:30 a.m., Virgin said.