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Dreamliner hits light mast in Oslo

The Ethiopian Airlines 787-9 with 75 passengers would have flown to Addis Ababa via Stockholm but was stopped in its tracks.

An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft with 75 passengers on board collided with a light mast at Oslo Airport Gardermoen last night. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the crippled mast was teetering above the plane.

The wing of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which was bound for Addis Ababa via Stockholm, struck the lighting tower during a de-icing procedure at 19:10 on Tuesday evening, the airport said.

No injuries were reported, but the airline was forced to cancel Flight ET715. A similar incident occurred at Stockholm Arlanda less than a month ago.

“The mast must be removed by crane before the aircraft can be moved, Kristian Løksa, communications manager at Avinor, told the Norwegian news agency NTB last night.

“The plane was ready for take-off when the wing brushed the light mast. The passengers were transported back to the terminal by bus. The plane is grounded and the passengers can travel on another plane,” Løksa continued.

Buckled mast
The Ethiopian Airlines flight would have landed in Stockholm and had been scheduled to continue in onward journey to Addis Ababa at 20:50.

Images posted on social media show the plane in dark and snowy conditions, its wing having buckled the mast and the mast leaning to one side. It is not clear whether the light on top of the mast was on at the time of the incident.

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