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Air accident investigation after collision at Stansted

Two Ryanair planes have collided while parking at Stansted Airport in Essex. Photo: Air accident investigation after collision at Stansted

An air accident investigation has started after two Ryanair planes collided on the ground at Stansted Airport in Essex. No one was hurt.

Passengers faced delays of up to three hours after a Warsaw-bound plane and an aircraft from Frankfurt Hahn that had just landed, collided in the parking area of Stansted Airport at about 6.45am on Saturday.

The crash occurred when the wing tip of one plane and the tail cone of another "made contact", Ryanair said.

Ryanair operate 1,600 flights a day across Europe. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Essex Police said routine breath tests on both pilots returned zero readings and no one was hurt.

Both of the planes were Boeing 737-800 models, which can carry up to 189 passengers, a Ryanair spokesman confirmed.

One passenger on the Warsaw-bound flight said on Twitter: "Huge loud crashing noise and totally felt the crush sitting at the back. Thank God it only hit the wing as if it was the body of the plane it'd been apocalypse."

"This morning at London Stansted the wing tip and tail cone of two Ryanair aircraft made contact while one aircraft was taxiing to stand and the other was commencing pushback from stand. Customers were disembarked and boarded two replacement aircraft which departed Stansted with a delay of approximately three hours."

– Robin Kiely, Ryanair spokesman
Stansted Airport carries 17.5 million passengers a year and is Britain's fourth busiest airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stansted Airport spokesman Chris Wiggan said: "We can confirm two aircraft were involved in a minor collision while on the ground at Stansted this morning. Both planes suffered some damage but there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.

"The airport is operating as normal while an Air Accident Investigation Branch investigation takes place.

"Passengers from the outbound flight were offloaded onto an alternative aircraft to continue their journey."

An Essex police spokesman said: "Two Ryanair aircraft struck each other on the ground at Stansted Airport shortly before 7am on Saturday.

"Officers from Essex Police carried out routine breath tests on both pilots who returned zero readings.

"No one was injured on the ground or in either aircraft."