A Las Vegas Sands Boeing 747SP suffered critical damage after a collision with another unidentified aircraft in a hangar at Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH) in the U.S.
The incident reportedly occurred when two aircraft ran into each other while undergoing maintenance procedures on October 28, 2020. Local media reported that one of the jets involved was Boeing 747SP, owned by Las Vegas Sands, an American casino and resort company.
Pictures on social media showed that the aircraft confrontation resulted in harsh fuselage damage to the plane. The collision happened after an unspecified aircraft was moving towards the parked Boeing 747SP and hit its belly with the wing. Reportedly, during the accident one of the planes also hit the pillars of the hangar with its wing and this resulted in the wingtip breakage.
Las Vegas Sands Boeing 747SP (presumably VP-BMS, built 1979) was critically damaged in a hangar collision with another aircraft while undergoing maintenance at Marana Airport, AZ, USA. The acft is likely to be a total loss. @OnAviation https://t.co/Nc5XjjFnKC pic.twitter.com/RGkEwDaBTy
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) October 28, 2020
Local media speculated that one of the aircraft involved in the incident was registered as VQ-BMS. According to Planespotters.com data, the Boeing 747SP (VQ-BMS) is near 41-year-old, in service since 1979. The VQ-BMS joined the Las Vegas Sands fleet in 2008. The Planespotters.com marked the Boeing 747SP as having a VIP configuration.