Aer Lingus plane damaged after early morning collision with de-icing truck at Dublin Airport
A de-icing truck collided with a plane on a parking stand at Dublin Airport this morning.
These photographs show the extent of the damage done to the side of the turbine engine.
The exterior of the Aer Lingus Airbus A320 was torn in the collision.
The plane was being de-iced at approximately 6.20am when the rig used to de-ice the plane reportedly malfunctioned and rolled into the engine.
The airline brought a reserve aircraft into service for the flight to Milan.
“There’s a button on the de-icing rig that engages the handbrake and sometimes that malfunctions, and when that happened this morning it rolled into the plane,” a source told independent.ie.
“The rig is huge; if it had been driving instead of rolling it might have taken the engine clean off.
“I heard a member of the staff saying it’s not just the surface; the engine is a complete write-off,” he added.
There were members of staff on the rig when it rolled into the plane, but it is not yet clear whether the plane had passengers on board.
The airlines are responsible for any de-icing operations at Dublin Airport.
Aer Lingus told Independent.ie they "can confirm an incident involving a piece of ground service equipment and an Aer Lingus aircraft occurred early this morning at Dublin airport".
A spokesperson added; "As a result a reserve aircraft was brought into service for flight EI432 to Milan (Linate) which departed on time at 7.30am.
"Our guests experienced no disruption, nor was there any impact on our schedule."