SpiceJet aircraft wing hits lightning pole, damaged during push back

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MUMBAI: In a minor accident, a SpiceJet aircraft which was being pushed back hit a pole at Delhi airport on Monday morning.
The trailing edge of one of the aircraft wings was damaged, leaving the aircraft grounded.
The incident occurred when a Boeing 737-800 aircraft was being readied to operate flight SG-160 from Delhi to Jammu.
“During push back, the right wing trailing edge came in close contact with a pole, causing damage to aileron,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.
Photographs of the accident showed a portion of the aileron scooped out and the pole was left bent at an angle.

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“A replacement aircraft has been arranged to operate the flight,” the spokesperson added. The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 9.20 am has been inordinately delayed.

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