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Two planes in on-ground collision at Ben Gurion Airport

The El Al and Germania jets were both preparing for take-off

Crash on camera

    The planes on the tarmac
    The planes on the tarmac (Photo: Twitter)

    Two passenger jets collided on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport as they were preparing for take-off.

    People on board reported being jolted by the crash, which occured as a Germania Boeing 737 was being pushed back from the gate at the terminal and collided with El Al's 767 nearby.

    The German plane's tail fin was severely damaged and both aircraft were grounded following the incident.

    The Israel Airport Authority said passengers disembarked both planes safely and that there had been no injuries.

    Footage shared on Twitter by Amichai Stein, a correspondent for Israel's public broadcaster Kan, showed rainy conditions and a wet tarmac at the time of the collision.

    Ben Gurion airport is Israel's largest and busiest airport, handling 20.8 million passengers in 2017.

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