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An Asiana Airbus A330 slammed its wing into the tail of a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 at Istanbul Atatürk Airport this Sunday afternoon, completely destroying the tail of the Turkish aircraft (registered TC-JMM). It is unclear as to what exactly happened, but FlightRadar24 data shows that the Asiana A330 bound for Seoul was beginning its taxi when it hit the A321 that was parked at its gate.

The damaged wing of the Asiana plane Image by atabek.aviation

No injuries have been reported.  The end of the A330’s wing struck the bottom half of the A321’s tail, slicing it off. The A330 registered as HL 7792 is now grounded in Istanbul where it will most likely receive extensive wing repairs. The A321, however, may not fly again in the near future as the tail and part of the APU have been destroyed.

The damaged tail of the Turkish A321. Note the hydraulic fluid leaking down the empennage. (Image by atabek.aviation)

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BREAKING: Asiana A330 Slices Turkish A321 Tail in Istanbul

  1. They almost got me in Singapore. Dangerous mob, and they don’t even need to be airborne.

  2. Unbelievable. Human factors play into this 100%.

    First, why is the A320 parked so far out in the alley and not at the stop line in the gate at the lower right of the image. No push back, no ground crew attending the plane. One ramp agent is visible at the lower left leaning on the belt loader, just watching. Was the A320 even crewed and running, or was it shut down with no crew onboard?

    Second, why is the A330 flight crew not paying attention to their taxi. I know they are running checklists and verifying their flight perameters. However, one needs to be eyes up. Clearly neither the pilot in command, the first officer or the relief pilots were looking ahead of them.

    Granted, from the flight deck, seeing the wing tips is often impossible, however, you have a situational awareness of what your ground presence is and should have known that there wasn’t clearance for you to pass. This was 100% preventable.

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