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Two Planes Full Of Passengers Clip Each Other's Wings At LAX
Two planes each carrying over 100 passengers clipped each other on the LAX tarmac on Sunday night, making for some real-life bumper planes action.
Nobody was injured in the incident that took place just before 8 p.m., when the wings of a United Airlines plane going towards its gate hit the wings of an Alaska Airlines plane that was getting ready to take off, the L.A. Times reports. Passengers were all safely taken off of the planes. However, that took some time, as witnesses tweeted that the two planes were stuck together:
A user on FlyerTalk, a forum about air travel, and a passenger on the United Airlines plane, described what happened:
So my plane UA1199 just got hit by another plane and are stuck together... Not serious. Both planes are non emergency but I am sure many travelers will be effected.
It was a big bump. Whole plane had a good shaking. I can see the nose of the other plane just out the right window. A ton of ops crew trying to figure out the situation.
She also said that she saw a big piece of the plane on the ground that had broken off. The Times reported that there was damage to the right stabilizer of United Airlines Flight 1199 and the left winglet of Alaska Airlines Flight 543.
Audio from one of the planes was released, where a pilot could be heard over the intercom explaining to passengers what happened, according to ABC 7:
Thanks for your patience. I'm sure you'll hear all about this on the news this evening. Essentially, we stopped short of the gate because parking guides were expected and the aircraft behind us continued to push back from their gate, and the two aircraft met at the same point and at the same time.
The United Airlines flight was carrying 169 passengers and six crew members as it had just arrived from Newark, New Jersey, City News Service reports. The Alaska Airlines flight was about to depart for Portland, Oregon, and was carrying 182 passengers and six crew members.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
Other passengers tweeted about their bumper planes experience: