Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Collided With A Parked Airbus A350 In Doha

Yesterday, two wide-bodies Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-8 collided on ground at Hamad International Airport in Doha. 

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Collided With A Parked A350 In Doha
Both aircraft were at parked at the airport Photo: From Web

This incident occurred as a result of a violent storm in the airport area. According to reports, the wind was gusting from around 19kt (35km/h) to 61kt (113km/h).

Both aircraft are owned by Qatar Airways. CCTV footage of the incident shows a Boeing 787-8 being pushed away by the violent wind into an Airbus A350-900. 

As clearly seen in the footage, the parked Boeing 787 was rotated 90 degrees and started to move towards the Airbus A350 which was parked alongside the aircraft.

The nose of the Boeing 787-8 hit the right side fuselage of the Airbus A350-900, as seen in the footage. 

Thankfully, the B787 wasn't blown into any of the airport infrastructures as seen nearby in the footage. Had the aircraft been blown in less than 90 degrees, the aircraft would have hit the tall airport lighting stand.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Collided With A Parked A350 In Doha
The Boeing 787 involved has lately operated a flight from Delhi Photo: Qatar Airways

The Boeing 787-8 with registration A7-BCT was delivered to Qatar Airways back in February 2015 and is currently 5.3 years old.

The aircraft was in active service during this critical period as well. The aircraft had operated her last flight on 29th April, from Delhi to Doha.

Whereas the Airbus A350 probably with registration A7-ALJ was delivered back in August 2016 and is currently 4 years old. The aircraft has not operated any flight recently.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Collided With A Parked A350 In Doha
The Airbus A350 involved was grounded Photo:

As demand for air travel have decreased to an all-time lowest due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, airlines have been operating special repatriation flights along with cargo operations using its main fleet as well to maintain at least small amount of revenue.

Whereas other airlines are cancelling flights and grounding their aircraft, Qatar Airways is operating hundreds of flights everyday helping people from around the world to return back their home.

However, these two aircraft won't be flying anytime soon and it is still unclear how much priority will be given to fix the plane citing current global situation.

On 15th April, an Airbus A350 and Boeing 777, both belonging to Cathay Pacific were also involved in collision at Hong Kong Airport.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Collided With A Parked A350 In Doha
Damaged Cathay Airbus A350 winglet Photo: Travel Radar via Michael Cheng

Read full details on: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 And Boeing 777 Collided At Hong Kong Airport  

Let's see how long these aircraft remain grounded further. When do you think will aviation return back into its previous condition? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below: