An aircraft of private carrier Jetlite was damaged when the ground staff accidentally hit the wing of the plane by a ladder, moments before its departure for Mumbai from NSC Bose international airport here, official sources said on Friday.
The Boeing aircraft was damaged as the ladder was being detached from the aircraft after passengers had boarded at 9.30 am yesterday, sources said.
After coming from Guwahati, the plane was going to start its journey to Mumbai with 170 passengers on board from the parking bay.
The step ladder hit the plane while detaching, officials said.
After assessing the damage and ruling out further operation with the aircraft, the passengers were asked to get down and the plane was sent for repair, sources said.