Today’s award goes to the pilot of a Airbus A330 airliner of Thai Airways. It clipped a Gulfstream IV corporate aircraft with its wing at the airport in Vientiane, Laos the other day. The results were catastrophic for the smaller plane.
The much larger airliner suffered only minor damage to its wing, and will be repaired before resuming scheduled flights; but with damage like that, I daresay the Gulfstream is a write-off. It certainly can’t be flown anywhere for repairs, and I doubt that a minor third-world airport can handle what’s needed, even if parts and equipment were flown in.
Used Gulfstream IV aircraft appear to be priced in the low millions of dollars, so Thai Airways’ insurance company is probably going to be writing a large check to the owners of the smaller plane. One wonders what that’ll do to the errant pilot’s future employment prospects . . .