Emirates 777, British Airways A350XWB collide on ground

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British Airways first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, delivered to the airline less than a year ago, was damaged during an incident in Dubai International Airport (DXB). The aircraft collided on the ground with Emirates Boeing 777-300 on April 13, 2020. 

At the time of the incident, British Airways A350XWB  was reportedly being pushed-back prior to the takeoff. The airliner was scheduled to operate a cargo-only flight BA106 to London Heathrow (LHR), which was subsequently cancelled.

Emirates Boeing 777, registration number A6-EBR, which arrived in Dubai from Saudi Arabia, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) operating flight EK9706, was parked. The collision left both wide-bodies with broken horizontal stabilizers, as can be seen in the pictures on social media:

The abovementioned A350XWB, registration number G-XWBA, is British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. It was delivered in July 2019. Since then, the carrier has added four more airliners of the type from its order of 18. 

Yet despite a short operational history, the latest incident is far from being the only one involving British Airways A350XWB. Another airliner of the type, namely the one carrying G-XWBD registration number, has already earned the “unluckiest” title. 

The G-XWBD had to be repaired for the first time before it even left the Airbus facilities, as it was damaged by a piece of equipment while still in a paint shop. Finally delivered to BA in December 2019, the airliner’s operations with the carrier continued appealingly in not much luck either. 

The aircraft suffered a hard landing in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (TLV), got stuck in London Heathrow following a hydraulic fluid spill and spent a couple of days in Toronto (Canada) after another hydraulic spill.


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