A PASSENGER jet operated by Spanish budget airline Vueling was grounded after crashing into one of its own service vehicles at Alicante-Elche airport, forcing the evacuation of 153 passengers.
The Rome-bound airliner was taxiing away from the terminal towards the runway when it slammed into the stationary car.
Although no-one was injured, the captain ordered all passengers to disembark while technicians checked the state of the craft, causing a seven-hour delay.
One unlucky traveller was unable to board the rescheduled service after his DNI identity card expired during the hold up.
Vueling said in a statement that the car should not have been anywhere near the plane at the time of the crash, and that the pilot was unable to see it.
The impact damaged part of the fuselage and one of the engines, rendering the jet unable to fly, and all passengers eventually departed for Italy on a replacement flight.