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A Virgin Atlantic 787 has collided with a British Airways Airbus A350 while pushing back from the terminal building at Heathrow airport causing minor damage to both aircraft. 

The Virgin jet was been guided by a tug when its winglets struck the tail of the neighbouring BA jet. 

Emergency services raced to the scene following the low-speed impact.  

Planes collide at Heathrow: Virgin 787 jet hits wing of British Airways Airbus on the tarmac in front of stunned passengers

The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 struck the British Airways Airbus A350 as it was being pushed back from the terminal building at Heathrow Airport

Emergency services raced to the scene following reports of the low speed collision

Emergency services raced to the scene following reports of the low speed collision 

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: ‘We are aware that the wingtip of one of our empty aircraft came into contact with another aircraft whilst being towed from the stand at London Heathrow Terminal 3. 

‘The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We can confirm no customers were on board the Virgin Atlantic aircraft during this time. 

‘We’ve commenced a full and thorough investigation and our engineering teams are performing maintenance checks on the aircraft, which for now has been taken out of service.’

One Twitter user, Alex Whittles wrote: ‘Just witnessed a plane crash at Heathrow!

‘A tug pushing back a Virgin 787, crashed the wing into a BA A350.’

MailOnline has approached British Airways and Heathrow Airport for comment.  



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