Close shave for hundreds in China
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Close shave for hundreds in China

A major disaster is averted after two Chinese domestic aircraft clip each other at the busy Beijing Int'l Airport.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 22:06 IST

Hundreds of air passengers had a close shave with a major disaster when two Chinese domestic aircraft clipped each other at the busy Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Sunday.

Two passenger airplanes—a Airbus 320 and Boeing 777—grazed each other when sliding at Beijing Capital Airport this noon. No casualties were reported, the state television reported.

The two planes belonging to China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines respectively were damaged to some degree during the scratch, it quoted sources with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China as saying.

The Airbus plane was scheduled to fly from Beijing to the eastern city of Ningbo and the Boeing 777 was heading for the southern metropolis, Guangzhou when the accident happened.

Both flights were delayed and passengers were transferred to another flight, Xinhua news agency reported.

Reason for the scratch remains unclear and the local civil aviation administration is investigating into the case, it said.

First Published: Aug 27, 2006 22:06 IST