Two aircraft operated by Israeli carrier El Al and German LCC Germania clashed tails on pushback in Tel Aviv on March 28, causing substantial damage to both aircraft.

Video footage, posted to social media, shows the horizontal stabilizer of the El Al Boeing 767-300 (registered 4X-EAK) deeply embedded into the vertical stabilizer of the Germania 737-700 (D-ABLB).

“Germania confirms that a plane of Germania was backed into another aircraft of the Israeli airline El Al this morning on the apron of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv,” a Germania spokesperson said.

The Germania spokesperson added that the 737-700 was scheduled to operate as ST4915 from Tel Aviv to Berlin Tegel Airport, with 122 people on board.

“The incident took place during the push back of both aircraft. No one was injured during the incident,” the Germania spokesperson said. “Germania is in close contact with the civil aviation authorities and service providers at the airport. The formal investigation procedure of the incident has been initiated.”

An El Al spokesperson said ATW should direct any queries about the incident to the Israel Airports Authority (IAA), which did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Victoria Moores