Southwest, American Airlines Planes Collide at LaGuardia
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 clipped the wing of an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday morning, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
At approximately 11:00 a.m., Southwest Airlines Flight 449, a Boeing 737-700 bound for Denver, was attempting to maneuver past American Airlines Flight 1104, a Boeing 737-800 destined for Dallas, when it nicked the tail wing of the AA plane, sources said. There were no reported injuries.
“The wingtip of the aircraft operating Southwest Airlines Flight #449 departing from New York LaGuardia to Denver came in contact with another aircraft that was awaiting a gate,” Southwest said in a statement. “The 143 customers onboard Flight 449 deplaned the aircraft via air stairs and were bussed to the terminal where our Teams are working to get them to their destinations. The aircraft involved has been taken out of service for inspection and repairs.”
The Southwest plane, which had 143 passengers and five crew onboard, sustained damage to its left winglet in the incident, the Port Authority said, while American Airlines Flight 1104, which had 149 passengers and six crew members onboard, suffered damages to its tail wing.
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