On 9th August, a Westjet Boeing 737 collided with a Hercules military aircraft while taxiing on the ground at Comox Airport, Canada.
The Boeing 737-700 with registration C-FWSI was scheduled to depart as flight WS346 from Comox to Edmonton. However, while it was on its way to the runway, the incident occurred.
The Boeing 737 sustained damage to its right elevator after it collided with the tail of a stationary C-130 Hercules of the Royal Canadian Air Force (130337).
No one was injured in the incident. Moreover, no one was on board the military aircraft.
“It was a minor incident with a WestJet plane and one of the planes from 19 Wing,” said Erin Neely, Marketing Manager at Comox Valley Airport.
Following the collision, the passengers waited on the tarmac for around 45 minutes before being shuttled back to the terminal.
Crazy huh! Happy we all got off safely as this could have been much worse. At least we can be one of the rare few who can say we’ve survived a plane crash! pic.twitter.com/3XRNl43Dtv
— Andre Gagne (@EarthToAndre) August 9, 2023
“I can confirm that WestJet flight WS346 traveling yesterday from Comox to Edmonton experienced a minor incident resulting from aircraft making contact with a parked 19 Wing aircraft on the ramp while taxiing out for departure,” said an airline spokesperson.
“All guests and crew were safely offloaded from the aircraft, and there have been no reported injuries as a result of this incident. Additionally, all guests have been re-accommodated.”