Truck gets jammed under Wizz Air plane

Vehicle got caught on aircraft’s landing gear

Helen Coffey
Friday 08 January 2021 09:53 GMT
A Wizz Air plane was involved in the incident
A Wizz Air plane was involved in the incident

A truck became wedged underneath a Wizz Air plane while it was preparing for a flight from Gdansk, Poland.

The aircraft was reportedly due to set off for Stockholm on 5 January, but during preparations a ground services vehicle, which was there to supply the jet with water, somehow got jammed underneath.

It is understood to have become stuck when the truck reversed and got caught on the plane’s landing gear (the wheels that support the aircraft during takeoff and landing), reports Polish website

Pictures taken of the collision and shared online show the vehicle fully stuck underneath.

According to a spokesperson from Gdańsk’s Lech Wałęsa Airport, no one was injured in the incident – there were no passengers on the plane at the time, and the truck’s driver was unhurt.

The flight was accommodated by another plane and took off with a slight delay, while the original aircraft will have to undergo a safety inspection.

The Independent has contacted Wizz Air for comment.

It’s not the first on-the-ground collision at an airport.

At Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in July 2019, two planes collided. An easyJet aircraft crashed into a KLM plane during pushback – when an aircraft leaves the gate ready for take-off.

Both aircraft were damaged due to the contact.

One passenger onboard the easyJet flight, from Amsterdam to London Gatwick, said the plane’s wing was “lodged” into the KLM aircraft’s tail.

A statement from easyJet at the time said: “EasyJet can confirm that two aircraft made contact during pushback from stand, one of which was easyJet flight EJU8868 from Amsterdam to London Gatwick.

“Passengers have now disembarked into the terminal where they have been provided with updates and refreshment vouchers. The flight is now due to be operated by a replacement aircraft.

“The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and an investigation has been launched in line with procedure to understand what happened.”

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