Ryanair plane carrying Irish voters home for abortion referendum struck by jet at Stansted Airport
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Ryanair plane carrying Irish voters home for abortion referendum struck by jet at Stansted Airport

A RYANAIR plane carrying dozens of Irish voters home for the abortion referendum has been involved in a collision with another jet at Stansted Airport.

Flight FR205 to Dublin was waiting for permission to take off when it was clipped from behind by a Primera Air aircraft on the same taxiway.

The Malaga-bound Primera Air flight damaged the tail stabiliser of the Ryanair plane in the incident at around 9.15am.

No injuries were reported.

In a statement, a London Stansted spokesman said both planes were required to return to the stand after the "minor airfield incident".

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The spokesman added: "No injuries have been reported and no evacuation was required from either aircraft.

"As a precaution, airfield operations were briefly suspended, but all flights have now resumed."

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "One of our aircraft was stationary at the designated holding point on the taxiway at London Stansted Airport this morning when the winglet of a Primera Air aircraft taxiing behind scraped its tail stabiliser.

"Both aircraft were under the instruction of London Stansted Air Traffic Control at the time.

"The Ryanair aircraft returned to stand to be inspected by Ryanair engineers.

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"To minimise delay, customers will transfer to a replacement aircraft later this morning."