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Airport crash inquiry continues
Manchester Airport
The planes were taxiing on the airport
An investigation is continuing after two passenger planes collided at Manchester Airport.

The BMI Baby Boeing 737 and Excel Airways Boeing 767 were taxiing when they touched wings near Runway Two, on Thursday afternoon.

Seventy-nine passengers were on board the BMI Baby plane while 255 were on the Excel Airways plane.

No-one was seriously hurt in the collision, although about 10 people suffered whiplash injuries.

Air Investigation inspectors are looking into the cause of the accident.

The BMI Baby flight was travelling out of Manchester to Belfast international Airport and the Excel flight was en route to Goa, India, when the accident happened at about 1630 GMT.

'Extremely scared'

One passenger said: "We were on the runway preparing to take off and then the plane just went from side to side and then the other plane came up the side and stopped next to us .

"You could see a piece of the wing sitting on the runway - people were extremely scared."

Travellers on both flights were expected to reach their destinations on Friday.

Passengers on the BMI baby flight were transferred onto a replacement plane which left Manchester airport at 2000 GMT on Thursday.

Excel Airways passengers were put up for the night in local hotels with a replacement plane due to take them onto Goa on Friday.


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BBC NI's Rosy Billingham:
"The remainder of the passengers are expected to return to Belfast later on Friday"



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