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Baggage truck tears off aircraft wing after collision at Vietnam airport

A private plane bringing passengers from Hong Kong to Da Nang could not leave the central Vietnamese city as scheduled after one of its wings was ripped off in a collision with an airport cargo cart last week.

A private plane bringing passengers from Hong Kong to Da Nang could not leave the central Vietnamese city as scheduled after one of its wings was ripped off in a collision with an airport cargo cart last week.
A private plane bringing passengers from Hong Kong to Da Nang could not leave the central Vietnamese city as scheduled after one of its wings was ripped off in a collision with an airport cargo cart last week.

The CL350 aircraft was sitting on the tarmac awaiting passengers for the return flight at Da Nang International Airport on August 7, when a baggage truck crashed into its left wing, according to the Da Nang International Airport Ground Services.

The aircraft, which arrived in Da Nang on August 6 evening, was pushed to the left for about 20cm after the collision, whereas its left wing was left with a 30cm-long mark.

The baggage truck that caused the tear was operated by the Da Nang unit of the Saigon Ground Services (SAGS-DAD), which was on its way to serve another aircraft at the time of the incident.

The SAGS-DAD has operated at the Da Nang airport for only four months.

Three experts from Hong Kong are now examining the torn wing of the aircraft, with repairs expected to complete on August 20, DIAGS director Truong Phuong Thanh told VnExpress  newspaper on Tuesday.

The SAGS-DAD said the damage will be covered by insurance.

The Saigon Ground Services and the Central Airports Authority have put together a panel to decide on any disciplinary action for the driver of the airport cargo cart.