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Runway closed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after two airplanes accidentally contact each other

TOKYO (AP) – Two passenger airplanes accidentally touched each other on a runway at a major Tokyo airport Saturday, but no injuries were reported.

A Thai Airways International jet headed to Bangkok made contact with an Eva Airways plane headed to Taipei at Haneda airport, and the runway was subsequently closed, Japanese media reports said.

Footage broadcast by TBS TV News showed two commercial airline planes stopped on the same runway.

The airlines, the airport and Japan’s Transport Ministry were not immediately available for comment and did not answer repeated calls.

The cause of the accident was not clear.

Some flights were delayed. A winglet may have been damaged on one of the planes, reports said.

This aerial photo shows the airplanes of Thai Airways International, left, and Eva Airways, right, sit close on a runway, after the two passenger planes accidentally hit each other at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Saturday. PHOTO: AP
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