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Airplanes Clip Wing, Tail While Taxiing at Newark Airport

By Alexandra Ward   |   Thursday, 02 May 2013 12:51 PM

Two airplanes taxiing for takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Wednesday night clipped a wing and a tail, sending both aircraft back to their gates, officials said. No injuries were reported.

United ExpressJet Flight 4226, en route to Nashville, Tenn., was taxiing to a runway with Scandinavian Airlines Flight 908 bound for Oslo, Norway, right behind it. As the SAS jet was turning right onto a different runway, its wing clipped the tail of the ExpressJet plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The ExpressJet aircraft had to be towed back to its gate, while the SAS flight was able to get to the gate on its own, but portions of its left wing were ripped away.

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"All 31 passengers deplaned the aircraft normally and were bused to the terminal where they are being re-accommodated," ExpressJet said in a statement. "ExpressJet is working in coordination with officials to determine the cause."

The FAA, which is investigating the accident, reported that a gate-hold remained in effect at the airport at least an hour after the accident, resulting in delays of up to a half hour on some departures.

ExpressJet, which bills itself as the world's largest regional airline, operates as a United Express partner from United's Newark hub. United, which has headquarters in Chicago, is part of United Continental Holdings Inc.

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Earlier this week, two small airplanes collided midair over the Southern California mountains. The crash caused one of the aircrafts to hit a rocky ridge, while the other was able to maneuver a belly-flop landing on a nearby golf course. One person was killed, but three others survived.

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