The wing tips of two Qantas planes have collided while they were being towed out of the hangar in Los Angeles.
The airline said that no passengers were onboard the A380 and Boeing 747 when the incident occurred at 9pm (local) time.
The planes had been undergoing maintenance, between flights to and from Australia.
Both planes have been assessed by engineers and as a result the airline’s QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne flight and QF16 from Los Angeles to Brisbane have been cancelled.
Qantas said that passengers will be provided with hotel rooms overnight and will be accommodated on the next available services.
“Qantas apologises for the inconvenience to our passengers,” a spokesperson said.
The airline said that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has been notified and a full investigation is underway.
Staff at Los Angeles Airport were told yesterday that their employment would not be impacted by the restructure announced by Qantas.
The repairs to the two jumbos may take several weeks.