Delays for Ryanair passengers following 'incident' on Dublin Airport runway
In a separate incident, Aer Lingus flight EI660 made a safe emergency landing
Published 01/04/2015 | 08:14
Ryanair passengers can expect delays this morning following an incident on the runway at Dublin Airport.
The airline confirmed two separate Ryanair aircraft 'clipped wings' while taxiing to the runway.
No passengers were injured in the incident and Ryanair stated that all passengers were transported back to the terminal on buses.
However, it is reported that passengers could experience slight delays this morning.
No flights have been reported as cancelled.
Emergency services attended the scene and several passengers shared photos of the incident online.
The flights were bound for Edinburgh and Zadar.
In a statement issued to Independent.ie this morning, Ryanair said: "Two of our aircraft were taxiing slowly to the runway at Dublin Airport this morning.
"The winglet of one aircraft appears to have scraped the tail fin of the other.
"Both aircraft were under the instruction of Dublin Airport Air Traffic Control at the time.
"Customers were bussed and boarded two replacement aircraft, which departed to Edinburgh and Zadar.
"Ryanair apologised sincerely to customers for any inconvenience caused
The Irish Aviation Authority told Independent.ie: "The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been notified and will conduct a further investigation. It would be inappropriate to provide any further comment at this time."
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, an Aer Lingus flight to Vienna safely made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport this morning.
Flight EI660 was met with emergency services at the runway as standard safety procedure.
Aer Lingus confirmed to Independent.ie that the decision to return to Dublin was made following a technical issue on the plane.
"Aer Lingus flight EI 660 departed Dublin for Vienna at 8.30am this morning, 01 April," the airline told Independent.ie.
"A short time later a technical issue arose and the Captain made the decision to return to Dublin.
"The aircraft made a normal landing at Dublin airport at 9.20am.
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"As part of normal precautionary procedure, emergency services were on stand-by. The aircraft will undergo inspection. Passengers will be accommodated on an alternative aircraft and resume their journey to Vienna this morning."