Aircraft Crashes Into A Control Tower Sparking Emergency
An aircraft has hit an airport control tower in Western Australia, with 62 passengers and four crew on board.
The incident happened at about 2.20pm local time at Perth Airport. Although emergency services were called, no injuries have been reported.
Passengers told 7News that after a sudden jolt, the aircraft came to a halt, with customers being told not to take photos or videos.
In a statement, the airport said: "Perth Airport can confirm a Cobham aircraft made impact with a light tower while taxiing in the General Aviation area at approximately 2.20pm.
"Emergency services are onsite, however there are no injuries to passengers or crew.
"This incident has not impacted any other operations or services at Perth Airport."
The airline released a statement this afternoon, saying that the plane involved was a Cobham RJ 85, a four-engine jet aircraft.
"The aircraft was departing from Cobham's ramp when it came into contact with ground equipment," it said.
"As a result, the nose of the aircraft was damaged. None of the 62 passengers or four crew on board were injured."
The pilot apparently confirmed to passengers that they had to get off the plane because of a brakes failure.
Within five minutes, crew members had started to allow passengers off the aircraft.
According to eyewitnesses, the damage to the plane was obvious as soon as they deboarded, saying the nose of the aircraft was dented.
The plane was about to take off on a domestic flight when the incident took place.
Jacquelin Robson, from 9News, said: "It was on the airport about to depart. It was taxiing near the terminal when the brakes reportedly failed, crashing into the terminal."
She added: "People have been waiting for the flight and told me they heard that crash. Sixty-two passengers on board and we're told they have been transferred to a new flight."
Footage was recently released from the cockpit of a fallen Boeing 737, which offers us a shocking insight into what it's like to be in the pilot seat of a plane as it crashes into water.
The video was released by the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (PNG AIC) and is taken from the cockpit of an Air Niugini plane that crashed 1,500ft from a runway in Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, last September.
One man was killed in the crash and nine other passengers were injured, with the subsequent investigation finding that the pilots ignored numerous 'pull up' warning lights on their descent.
The report also found that the one passenger who died - whose body was discovered by divers three days after the crash - wasn't wearing a seat belt 'which allowed his body to become a projectile sustaining traumatic head and facial injuries'. A grim reminder to make sure you're always wearing one yourself when flying.
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