- Ute crashed into Jetstar plane as it was being towed
- Driver was a security contractor at Sydney Airport
A ute has crashed into a plane at Sydney airport – causing major flight disruptions.
The Sydney Airport ute, driven by a security contractor, crashed into the Jetstar A320 aircraft while it was being towed to a gate at the domestic terminal on Monday at about 5.30am.
The crash trapped the driver and forced the plane, which had no passengers onboard, to be pulled from service.
‘A Sydney Airport utility vehicle made contact with one of our aircraft, which was being towed to the gate without passengers,’ Jetstar said.
Dramatic images captured at the airport show the ute with a smashed front windscreen after it rammed into the plane’s No.2 engine.
‘We’re working with Sydney Airport to fully investigate what happened.’
It’s understood the security contractor driving the ute was uninjured in the crash and was taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick for further assessment.
Jetstar was forced to cancel a number of flights, as three other planes were stuck behind the A320 following the crash.
The crash resulted in a total of six cancellations including flights from Sydney to Adelaide, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
The airline has organised alternative same-day flights for impacted passengers.
Jetstar and Sydney Airport are both investigating the cause of the ute hitting the plane.
The aircraft is being assessed by engineers for damage and it remains out of service.