Aircraft damaged after ground contact

By Andrew Drummond
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Aircraft damaged after ground contact

Delays can be expected at Hobart Airport after two Virgin aircraft made contact on the ground.

Engineers are assessing the damage to two Virgin Australia passenger planes after a run-in at Hobart Airport.

One plane bound for Sydney was taxiing out of the terminal when its tail clipped the wing of another aircraft which was in the process of boarding passengers for a flight to Melbourne.

An aircraft spokesman confirmed the planes made "light contact" in the incident which airport management said happened about 10.30am on Wednesday.

"There was no safety risk during this time and engineers are currently inspecting the aircraft," the spokesman said.

"We apologise for the delay to passengers and are working hard to have them on their way as quickly as possible."

There have been no injuries reported.

Christopher Lawrence was boarding the Melbourne-bound flight when the crash occurred.

"People were quietly coming on board when we suddenly felt an almighty shudder," he told the ABC.

"(It) visibly knocked the plane. People were almost knocked off their feet."

An airport statement says services at Hobart Airport are continuing, but warned of changes to some aircraft operations and slight delays to some flights.