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Flight delayed as fuel truck hits aircraft accidentally



Muscat: A fuel truck accidentally hit an Emirates Airline aircraft at the Muscat International Airport on Monday morning. The incident caused damage to the outer cover of the Emirates aircraft which was supposed to take off for Dubai at 10.55am on Monday.

"The aircraft had just landed from Dubai International Airport and we were in a process of starting the boarding when the incident happened," a senior official of Muscat International Airport said. The driver of the fuel truck accidently hit the engine of the aircraft while taking out his vehicle after refuelling.

"We couldn't take any chances so we immediately informed the engineers who are stationed at the airport. They arrived quickly and repaired the aircraft," the official said. After the repairs, the aircraft was given a fit certificate before taking off for Dubai. "The Muscat-Dubai flight was supposed to leave at 10.55am but left Muscat International Airport around 3pm after a four-hour delay," the official added.

The airport official said that the passengers were briefed about the delay and were given refreshments and lunch at the airport. "We even gave them phone cards so that they could call up their family members and inform them about the delay," the official said. There were more than 180 passengers in that flight and some of them had a connecting flight from Dubai International Airport. "All of them were taken care off," a senior official of Emirates Airline said.

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