Aviation

Passenger plane crashes at Perth Airport during taxi

A Cobham Aviation plane carrying 62 passengers and four crew members has collided with a light tower at Perth Airport.

The Cobham RJ85 jet, operated by Cobham Aviation Services Australia, reportedly lost control while taxiing at Perth Airport on Tuesday around 2:20pm local time after suffering a brakes failure.

The incident caused the jet to skid across the tarmac and become wedged between a light tower and terminal, according to a report by The West Australian

No injuries were reported.

Perth Airport confirmed in a statement that a Cobham aircraft made impact with a light tower while taxiing in the general aviation area yesterday.

“Emergency services are on site; however, there are no injuries to passengers or crew,” the airport statement read.

The incident did not impact further operations or services at Perth Airport.

The plane was reportedly on its way to the Granny Smith Gold Mine, south of Laverton, Western Australia, and was carrying fly-in, fly-out workers to the mine.

Passengers described experiencing a “massive jolt” and were told not to take photos or videos as they were escorted off the plane.

Cobham Aviation Services Australia, reportedly the third-largest carrier in Australia, will undergo a strategic review later this year, following a shake-up by its parent company.

The aviation group’s parent company, based in the UK, recently announced it had accepted a multi-billion-dollar buyout by private equity company Advent International.

As a result, the Adelaide Airport-based Australian arm of the company could be spun-off as a separate entity, according to a report by The Advertiser.

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