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Wing tips of 2 JAL planes come into contact at Haneda airport

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The tips of the wings of two Japan Airlines planes came into contact at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Thursday.

According to JAL officials, the incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. near Terminal 1, NHK reported.

One aircraft was reversing away from the terminal to prepare for take-off, while the other one was moving forward to enter an adjacent parking spot. At that point, the tips of the wings of the two aircraft touched each other.

The plane backing out had 328 passengers and crew and was scheduled to fly to New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. That flight was canceled. The plane moving forward had no passengers. There were no injuries.

Both aircraft were Airbus A350-900s, JAL said.

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Just after the article about Haneda reaching a new record of having more than 19 million passengers.

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So basically they were doing the old Corona-era elbow bump greeting.

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flights are now arriving in pairs, so perhaps overcrowding may be to Blane here.

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Crikey. Get your act together HND.

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WTF is going on in Japan with plane safety?!

This is something like the other incidences - it should never happen.

There should be a failsafe built into failsafes to prevent this.

A public investigation is required, surely.

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Just after the article about Haneda reaching a new record of having more than 19 million passengers.

Aaaand??????..

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WTF is going on in Japan with plane safety?!

This is something like the other incidences - it should never happen.

There should be a failsafe built into failsafes to prevent this.

A public investigation is required, surely

What a load of drama..

LOL

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How are the runway traffic controllers NOT aware of where each plane is?

Are there THAT many planes? Or are the workers just incompetent?

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It makes me squirm when I see two tips touching.

Do better JAL.

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This is something like the other incidences - it should never happen.

There should be a failsafe built into failsafes to prevent this.

There are failsafes for this. Ramp controllers (not ATC) direct planes and vehicles on the ground as necessary, and ground staff serve as wing-walkers to ensure wingtips are clear of obstacles when entering/leaving a parking stand.

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How are the runway traffic controllers NOT aware of where each plane is?

Are there THAT many planes? Or are the workers just incompetent?

Ground control (ATC) issues clearance to leave a gate and taxi to a destination runway via a specific taxi route. Ramp control (not ATC) ensures aircraft and sometimes ground vehicles are avoiding each other.

The probable issue here is that the A350 wingspan is very large (65m) and a wing-walker who was supposed to be ensuring clearance lost situational awareness. In many aircraft types, the wingtips cannot be seen from the cockpit. There is usually a camera in the tail on larger jets to see immediately around the aircraft, but on aircraft with large wingspans you cannot see the wingtips on this camera either.

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Scary. But pretty annoying if you were on the departing flight.

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That's why I fly ANA.

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Not that there's anything wrong with that!

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No wing-walkers, or they were visually impaired.

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Need to be careful with those wings! The tips are the most sensitive parts!

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How are the runway traffic controllers NOT aware of where each plane is?

Are there THAT many planes? Or are the workers just incompetent?

At many big commercial airports tower personnel cannot see every gate. You rely on professionals on the aircraft and the ground crew to "see and avoid". Pilots are relying on ground crew to provide clearance instructions, especially the aircraft being backed out of the gate by a tractor.

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