SriLankan Airlines has immediately launched an internal investigation following a minor incident between the UL502 to Male and Colombo and
BA11 to Singapore at London Heathrow Terminal 4 on Monday night.
The incident occurred as both planes were taxiing to the runway under
the guidance of Air Traffic Control. The wing tips of the planes clipped
each other, with only minor damage occurring to both planes. Immediately
after the event the Fire Brigade were called but soon discharged as
damage was limited. All damage is currently being repaired.
No injuries were reported to any of the 286 passengers onboard the
SriLankan Airlines flight and all passengers disembarked at midnight and
were transferred to a London Hotel. The passengers are to be returned to
the airport at 15:00 today for an 18:00 departure to Male and Colombo.
Air Traffic Control has launched an investigation which will receive
full co-operation from SriLankan Airlines, who have also launched their
own investigation into the incident and will involve flying in
investigation teams from Colombo.
Chandana De Silva, Head of Corporate Communications, SriLankan Airlines
comments: “A full investigation has been launched into this unfortunate
incident and we apologise profusely for the inconvenience caused to our
passengers. However, maintaining their safety is paramount to SriLankan
Airlines and we are pleased with the procedures taken. We are confident
of their departure at 18:00 this evening (Tuesday 16th October).”