Last updated: 03:05 PM ET, Thu December 01 2016

Plane Damaged in Ireland by De-Icing Machine

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | December 01, 2016

Plane Damaged in Ireland by De-Icing Machine

Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321, aerial view. (Courtesy of Aer Lingus Group PLC)

On Wednesday, a de-icing machine smashed into the side of a plane and created a massive gouge in the fuselage at Dublin Airport.

According to Dublin Live, Aer Lingus flight EI432 was preparing to take off from Dublin Airport en route to Milan, Italy, at 6:20 a.m. local time when it began the process of being de-iced. Initial reports suggest the handbrake on the de-icing machine malfunctioned and smashed into the plane.

As a result of the incident, the Airbus A320 had a massive gouge in the fuselage and the plane’s engine was slightly damaged. Fortunately, no passengers on the Aer Lingus flight were injured.

Aviation Watch shared images from the accident on Twitter:

The plane needed multiple repairs, so Aer Lingus called for a second plane that would transport the passengers to their destination in Milan. The group of stranded passengers ended up departing at 7:30 a.m. local time.

“Aer Lingus can confirm an incident involving a piece of ground service equipment and an Aer Lingus aircraft occurred early this morning at Dublin airport,” an Aer Lingus spokesman said in a statement. “As a result a reserve aircraft was brought into service for flight EI432 to Milan (Linate) which departed on time at 7.30am. Our guests experienced no disruption, nor was there any impact on our schedule.”

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