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Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Had 'Ground Collision' in 2012

The Malaysia Airlines jet which vanished over the South China Sea on Friday was involved in a "ground collision" with another aircraft in 2012, according to a report by a French government agency.

The Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile (BEA) carries out safety investigations relating to accidents or serious incidents in civil aviation.

Image: The broken wing of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 passenger jet a day after it collided with a China Eastern Airline A340 plane
The broken wing of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 passenger jet is seen on Aug. 10, 2012. A day earlier, the aircraft collided with the tail of a China Eastern Airline A340 plane at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. AP FILE

In a report, the BEA highlighted that missing Boeing 777-200 -- which features registration number 9M-MRO -- was involved in a "ground collision between two aircraft" at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on August. 9, 2012.

The other jet was a China Eastern Airways Airbus A340-600, according to the report.

According to The Associated Press, a tip of the Malaysian Airlines plane's wing broke off. No one was injured.

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