SAS plane loses part of wing in Newark collision

A plane from Scandinavian airline SAS carrying 253 passengers lost part of its wing when it collided with another aircraft at Newark airport outside New York on Wednesday.

SAS plane loses part of wing in Newark collision

The SAS plane, which was set to fly to Oslo, was taxiing to the runway for take-off when the accident took place. Local news outlets report that there were no injuries among the passengers of either plane.

The SAS plane’s wing took off the tail fin of the other plane, according to NBC news. SAS spokeswoman Elisabeth Manzi said she as yet had no further details to share.

“When the plane left the gate to make its way to the runway, our plane somehow came in contact with another plane,” she told the TT news agency.

“It’s not the case that they collided head-on.”

The Oslo-bound plane was driven back to the gate, while the United Airlines ExpressJet Embraer 145 was towed back to the terminal. According to United, the aircraft’s 31 passengers were able to leave the plane without further incident.

SAS said that 71 of its passengers had been flown to Copenhagen, instead, while the remaining 171 were awaiting news if the wing could be repaired quickly enough for them to reboard the same plane.

“If we can’t get our plane up in the air we’ll rebook them on other flights,” said Manzi.

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SAS announces reduced loss and pins hopes on summer flights

Scandinavian airline SAS narrowed itsĀ losses in the second quarter, the company said Thursday, as it set its hopesĀ on an easing of coronavirus restrictions this summer.

SAS announces reduced loss and pins hopes on summer flights
A SAS aircraft taking off in Paris. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The earnings report came a day after the governments of Sweden and Denmark announced another round of aid to the ailing carrier.

From February to April, SAS booked a net loss of 2.43 billion Swedish kronor ($292 million, 240 million euros) — 30 percent smaller than in the second quarter last year.

The company also reported an improved operating profit “for the first time since the pandemic’s outbreak, both year-on-year and compared with the previous quarter,” pointing to its cost cutting efforts.

However, the number of passengers in the period declined by 140,000 compared to the first quarter, to 857,000.

This caused revenue to fall to 1.93 billion kronor, a 15 percent drop from the preceding quarter and 63 percent from a year earlier.

“The increase in vaccination rates provides some hope for the relaxation of restrictions, and an increase in demand ahead of the important summer season,” chief executive Karl Sandlund said in a statement.

However, the CEO also noted that “many customers are now increasingly choosing to book their tickets much closer to their travel dates, which makes it difficult to predict demand during the summer.”

SAS also said it expected claims from passengers of up to 150 million kronor after a European court ruled in March that customers should be compensated over disruptions due to a pilots’ strike in 2019.

After cutting 5,000 jobs last year — representing 40 percent of its workforce — SAS announced Wednesday an additional credit line of three billion kronor from the Danish and Swedish governments, its main shareholders, to get through the crisis.

The airline received a similar loan and a capital increase last year.

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