A Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner with up to 300 people on board was damaged after hitting a fence at Gatwick Airport, reports claim.
The Daily Mail report says passengers reported that ground crews manoeuvring the aircraft around the airport pushed it so far back it hit a perimeter fence.
The Norwegian aircraft, destined for New York, was reportedly pushed into the noise mitigation barrier and passengers took to social media to share photographs of fire crews rushing to the scene.
A spokesperson for the airline said: “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.
“We would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”