A LATAM Brasil Boeing 777 collided with a B767, of the same airline, at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport.
According to Aeroflap, the B777-300ER (PT-MUB) was being towed in a remote area of the airport when it collided with the B767-300ER (PT-MSS). The incident was due to a coupling failure on the pushback vehicle.
Aeroin says that the B777 was being towed to perform engine tests, in order to keep the aircraft airworthy. A very common procedure when aircraft have been parked up for a while.
The incident occurred in the remote parking lot of Guarulhos International Airport, where several aircraft are stored due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Serious damages were done in the structure of the wing and the elevator. LATAM said “during the towing procedure in the airport, two aircraft of the company collided on the ground. The airline points out that no employee was injured and the cause of the incident is being investigated ”.
An eyewitness said the bar that connects the plane to the tractor that pulls the aircraft was disconnected, to be connected again to push the aircraft to the new stop position However, even with the positive indication that the jet had its brakes applied, it started to walk after the boom was disconnected, stopping only when it reached 767.