Two Jets Set To Take Off Clip Each Other At New York-Area Airport

Source: AP / CBS News

NEWARK, N.J.Two airplanes taxiing while preparing for takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport clipped each other Wednesday night, authorities said.

No one was injured when the planes touched around 7:30 p.m. at one of the nation’s busiest airports, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. A Scandinavian Airlines plane’s left wing clipped the tail of a United Airlines plane while they were on a taxiway.

Scandinavian Airlines Flight 908, an Airbus A330 bound for Oslo, Norway, was directly behind ExpressJet Flight 4226, an Embraer E145 destined for Nashville, Tenn., on the taxiway and was turning right to get onto another taxiway when its wing clipped the ExpressJet plane’s tail, officials said.

The ExpressJet plane was towed back to the gate, and the Scandinavian Airlines plane taxied back to the gate, where passengers disembarked, the station says.

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