Norwegian Air plane carrying up to 300 passengers crashes into fence at Gatwick Airport

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A NORWEGIAN Air Dreamliner with up to 300 passengers on board crashed into a fence at Gatwick Airport today.

Norwegian Air plane, damage to Dreamliner

DAMAGED: A Norwegian Air plane was pushed too far back from its gate today (Pic: TWITTER/@BOARDINGPASSRO)

Shocked passengers reported the plane being pushed back from the gate today when it hit the perimeter fence.

Ground crews were manoeuvring the large aircraft around the Sussex airport when they pushed it too far back.

The Boeing 787 plane sustained damage on its tail cone, with a picture showing the metal part being badly dented.

Passengers on Norwegian Air plane

SHORT FLIGHT: The plane had only just left the gate when passengers had to disembark (Pic: TWITTER/@JASONRUSHWORTH1)

Passengers had to disembark the jet, which was due to fly from Gatwick to New York, due to the damage and were due to be put on a replacement aircraft.

One passenger wrote on Twitter: “Tug pushes Norwegian 787 Dreamliner back to far that it hits part of Gatwick Airport perimeter fence.

“Fire crews on precautionary standby.”

Damage to Norwegian Air plane

DENTED: The plane had crashed into the perimeter fence, damaging its tail cone (Pic: TWITTER/@BOARDINGPASSRO)

Route of Norwegian Air plane

QUICK JOURNEY: This was the journey taken by the plane when it crashed into the fence (Pic: FLIGHTRADAR24)

A spokesman for Norwegian Air confirmed: “We can confirm that one of our aircraft sustained some damage upon pushback on today’s flight DI7017 from London Gatwick to New York JFK.

“All passengers disembarked the aircraft as normal and are currently being assisted by our ground staff in the terminal.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our top priority and we are currently making arrangements to put passengers on a replacement aircraft that will depart this afternoon.

Passengers on Norwegian Air plane

DAYLIGHT DRAMA: The passengers were told they’d have to be put on another plane (Pic: TWITTER/@JASONRUSHWORTH1)

Norwegian Air plane

LONG HAUL FLIGHT: The plane was due to travel to JFK airport in New York (Pic: GETTY)

“We would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The drama comes after British Airways passengers faced flight chaos last week when an IT problem delayed 300 flights and 15,000 holidaymakers.

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