Friday, April 2, 2021

Ryanair B738 under tow collides with a line of parked fuel bowsers at Malta IAP

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 (9H-QCJ) has collided into a line of parked fuel bowsers parked on apron 1 at Malta IAP.  The B738 was under tow when the incident happened this morning around 1130lt.  It appears that the towbar snapped leaving the aircraft freewheeling across the airfield.  No passengers were on board the aircraft and no injuries have been reported as a result of this incident. 

Malta IAP's Rescue and Fire Fighting team was quick on the scene, taking control of the area in question.  Consequently, the aerodrome was temporarily closed effecting two flights inbound to Malta IAP.  Lufthansa's LH1276 from Frankfurt had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa, while Tunisair Express' UG1300 from Tunis-Carthage had to return back to Tunis-Carthage.  The aerodrome was re-opened again to flight operations around 1220lt.

(Source: Malta IAP and simpleflying.com, 2-Apr-2021)