British Airways A350 & Virgin 787: Collision at London Heathrow

British Airways A350 & Virgin 787: Collision at London Heathrow
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In the last hour, it has emerged that a British Airways Airbus A350 and Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 have suffered a ground collision at London Heathrow.

Details are limited at this time, but here is what we know at the moment.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

G-XWBC & G-VDIA Involved in the London Heathrow Ground Collision…

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British Airways A350 & Virgin 787: Collision at London Heathrow
Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It is understood that G-XWBC and G-VDIA are the two aircraft involved in this collision.

Below is a video showing the aftermath from the incident at London Heathrow between the British Airways A350 & Virgin 787:

As per, G-XWBC is a 4.4 year old Airbus A350-1000 that was delivered to British Airways in November 2019.

Furthermore, of the A350-1000 variant, BA has 18 of them, of which all 18 are in active service.

Average fleet age for the aircraft type is at 2.6 years currently.

As for G-VDIA, this is a 8.3 year old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was delivered to Virgin back in March 2016.

Of the 787-9 variant, the airline has 17 in the fleet, of which all but one are in active service.

The average fleet age of the aircraft type is 8.1 years.

Flight Information…

British Airways A350 & Virgin 787: Collision at London Heathrow
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The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 G-VDIA made a collision with the British Airways Airbus A350-1000 G-XWBC when the aircraft was being pushed back for maintenance at London Heathrow Airport.

As for G-XWBC, the aircraft came in from Accra this morning and was due to depart later on today, with the destination unknown currently.

At this stage, information remains limited about the incident.

As soon as we have more information pertinent to the ground collision at London Heathrow, we will update accordingly.

This is a developing story.

UPDATE #1 @ 1436 UK time – Virgin Atlantic has said the following in a statement:

“The wingtip of one of our empty aircraft came into contact with another aircraft while being towed from the stand at London Heathrow Terminal 3.”

“We can confirm no customers were on board the Virgin Atlantic aircraft during this time.”

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