PASSENGERS were jolted in their seats when the aircraft they were in crashed into a catering truck at Manchester Airport this morning.
The wing of the Aurigny flight GR673, bound for Guernsey, became embedded in the vehicle’s side as it was towed through Terminal 1 at around 9.50am.
Pictures from the scene show airport crews working to free the tip of the plane’s wing, which was lodged into the rear of the truck.
All 60 passengers and crew on board the ATR 72 Twin Turboprop were unharmed by the impact, which happened when the aircraft was pulled back from its stand.
A replacement aircraft was arranged to take holidaymakers to Guernsey and they were made to wait back inside the terminal building.
Airport officials said engineers were deployed to investigate the incident.
Passenger Scott Grayson, 49, snapped pictures of the stuck plane as he disembarked.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the property developer from Marple, Cheshire, said: “As we pushed back we heard a thud. I just thought, ‘What’s that?’ ”
“We looked out and saw the wing embedded into the side of the truck. The captain came on and confirmed what had happened.
“The pilot and the two girls working on board were very switched on. There were quite a few old people on board, and they were just putting their minds at rest.
“It was nothing to do with the airline. It was just one of those things. It was just a bad day at the office for the guy who was pushing us back from the stand. He must have been holding his head his hands.
“The airport fire service were there within about 60 seconds. They were very quick.”
Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director, said: “There is an investigation following an incident involving one of our aircraft and a catering truck.
“Whilst an investigation is under way, there’s nothing to add. The main thing is that nobody was hurt.
“We are sending a team of engineers to look into the damage caused to the aircraft.”
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that an aircraft has come into contact with a vehicle on push back.
“The incident is minor with no injuries, and we are investigating with our third-party partners involved.
“The incident has caused no impact to flights, and anyone with specific queries should contact the airline directly.”