x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Two injured in shuttle bus collision inside Abu Dhabi airport

Two people were injured after an Etihad shuttle bus and a catering van collided on the tarmac at the capital’s international airport this morning.

ABU DHABI // Two people were injured after an Etihad shuttle bus and a catering van collided on the tarmac at the capital's international airport this morning.

Forty six passengers were on the shuttle bus at the time, an Etihad Airways Services (EAS) spokesman said. No passengers were injured, but the EAS catering van driver and an assistant were taken to Mafraq Hospital, a spokeswoman for Abu Dhabi Health Services company confirmed. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

The EAS spokesman said the company has launched an investigation into the crash.

"Etihad Airways' operational staff assisted passengers immediately following the incident," he said. "The safety of its passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Etihad Airways and the airline is assisting airport police with their investigation."

No flights were delayed as a consequence of the crash.

The most recent accident of note was in January last year when an Etihad Airbus A330-200 leaving for Dublin hit runway lights in thick, early morning fog. No one was injured but the accident did cause delays for several hours.

The airport is undergoing an expansion that will result in passenger capacity tripling with the arrival of the new Midfield Terminal.

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