Plane smashes into airport tower as ‘brakes fail’ seconds after landing

A JET has crashed into an airport tower seconds after landing after the brakes apparently failed.

More than 60 passengers are believed to have been on board when the plane crashed into a light tower at Perth Airport, according to reports.

Emergency services rushed the scene of the incident in Western Australia.

Passengers told Australian network 7NEWS how the brakes failed as the plane was taxiing for takeoff.

They described a “massive jolt” as the plane made contact with the tower.

Perth Airport can confirm a Cobham aircraft made impact with a light tower while taxiing in the General Aviation area at approximately 2.20pm. Emergency services are onsite however there are no injuries to passengers or crew.

The airport confirmed the aircraft had collided with a light tower around 2.20pm local time.

In a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson said “Perth Airport can confirm a Cobham aircraft made impact with a light tower while taxiing in the General Aviation area at approximately 2.20pm.”

No passengers or crew were hurt, the airport said.

The incident did not impact other services or operations at the airport, the statement added.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it had been notified of the crash, involving a four-engine Cobham RJ 85 jet aircraft.

The aircraft was departing from Cobham’s ramp when it came into contact with ground equipment,” the ATSB said in a statement.

“As a result, the nose of the aircraft was damaged.

None of the 62 passengers or four crew on board were injured.

“The aircraft was operating a regular afternoon service to the Goldfields region in Western Australia at the time of the incident.

“Cobham is currently working with all the relevant authorities and will fully co-operate the investigation.”

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