Jetstar plane collides with ute on Sydney airport tarmac

A Sydney airport spokesperson has confirmed no one was injured in the crash but the Jetstar plane had to be withdrawn from operation.

An airport worker has walked away unscathed after the ute he was driving on the tarmac collided with a Jetstar plane, smashing into one of the plane's engines and cracking the windscreen on the driver's side.

Yahoo News Australia understands the incident occurred around 5.30 am on Monday morning as staff prepared aircrafts for the first flights of the day out of Sydney airport. The staff member driving the ute is employed by the airport's security contractor, with both vehicles moving at the time of collision. The plane was being towed by another vehicle on the tarmac.

The Jetstar plane and ute collided on the tarmac with the aircraft's right engine crashing into the ute's windscreen.
The Jetstar plane and ute collided on the tarmac at Sydney airport on Monday morning. Source: Instagram and The Daily Telegraph

A Sydney airport spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia there were no injuries and no passengers were aboard the plane at the time.

"Earlier this morning a vehicle operated by a staff member from the airport's security contractor made contact with a Jetstar aircraft whilst the aircraft was being towed," they said.

Images show the plane's right engine smashed into the ute's windscreen which buckled under the weight.

Investigation underway after flights disrupted

The aircraft was due to operate a number of services on Monday, however, after the collision it has been out of action with staff performing "precautionary engineering checks". This impacted a number of passengers, with Jetstar moving passengers to alternative flights on the same day in hope to minimise disruption.

"A Sydney Airport utility vehicle made contact with one of our aircraft which was being towed to the gate," a Jetstar spokesperson said. "We’re working with Sydney Airport to fully investigate what happened."

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