Was Damaged In Ground Collision With 747
Passengers told to fly on an aircraft missing a damaged wingtip
revolted before flying on the dinged-up jet recently.
The collision happened shortly after 10pm two weeks ago when the
BA011 flight, a Boeing 747 to Singapore was waiting on a runway,
followed by the SriLankan Airbus A340.
The tip of the SriLankan aircraft's starboard wing ripped
through the BA jet's port wing when it taxied by, tearing off a
huge chunk of the winglet on the 747. The BA jumbo was grounded
Passengers were shocked and amazed to be boarding the same plane
next day for the 10-hour flight to Colombo, according to the London
When the cabin crew then admitted there was still a five-foot
wing tip missing, there was "a minor revolt" as seven passengers
demanded to be let off the aircraft, as reported.
A two-hour delay followed as their baggage was removed before
the aircraft could take off.
Club-class passenger Ian McKie, 54, from Loughton, Essex, said:
"We were put up in hotels the night of the crash and next morning
we were told we would be on a different plane that day.
"We only realized that we were actually going on the same
aircraft when we got to the Club lounge and saw the plane, but
without its wing tip."
"On board, the cabin crew admitted that it was the same one as
last time and that the tip had been ripped off,” said Gill
Stone, 52 a former policeman. "They assured us it didn't matter but
a number of the passengers insisted that they would rather get on
the next flight."
SriLankan Airlines insisted there was no danger in flying
without a wing tip.
It added: "They are purely for aerodynamics and to keep fuel
costs to a minimum. There is no impact on safety at all. Safety is
our absolute priority."