Storm-Force Wind Turned A Parked Boeing 737-800 Around In Japan
A storm-force wind turned a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 737-800 parked at the passenger "arm" at 90 degrees at Tokyo's Narita international airport. The plane has a slightly damaged wing, according to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi.
The 50-ton airliner has been parked at Narita airport since April 5, when JAL suspended a significant portion of flights due to a coronavirus. The front and rear chassis were secured with six wooden pads. However, the storm wind speed of about 25 m/s, which began on the evening of April 13, was able to turn the plane. Apparently, strong gusts knocked the pads out from under the wheels.
When turning the plane touched the passenger's wing "sleeve," as a result, the wing was damaged 7 by 25 centimeters.
Presently, the aircraft is fixed with metal pads. JAL has already stated that it is thoroughly investigating the reasons for the incident to prevent similar incidents in the future.