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Plane Collides With De-Icing Truck at Boston Airport

Plane Collides With De-Icing Truck at Boston Airport
An Alaska Airlines airplane landing at Los Angeles International Airport. (Michael Rosebrock/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:02 PM

A plane collided with a de-icing truck at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday night, forcing 166 passengers off an Alaska Airlines flight heading to Portland, Oregon, and leaving them scrambling to find another trip to the West Coast, WFXT-TV reported.

According to Alaska Airlines, the left wing of the plane hit a parked de-icing truck on the runway while taxiing, so it returned to the gate and eventually canceled the flight, the television station said.

"As we are taxing out to the runway we felt a jostle and we all kind of knew that it wasn't normal," Samuel Zavaletta, a passenger on Alaska Airlines Flight 33 to Portland, told WFXT-TV.

Another passenger, Rick Aiken, told the television station that they could feel something was not right afterward on the taxiway.

"(It was) kind of like a shutter, the plane shuttered a little bit, really didn't slow down much, just felt like we hit a pothole," Aiken said about the plane, according to WFXT-TV.

Alaska Airlines issued a statement after the incident, according to the television station.

"Alaska Airlines Flight 33 from (Boston) to (Portland) made contact this afternoon with a deicing truck at Logan Airport," the statement said, per WFXT-TV. "There is minor damage to part of the left wing. … The plane has been taken out of service for inspection. The incident happened on a taxiway as the plane was heading out for departure on its own power. We apologize to our guests who have been inconvenienced this afternoon on AS Flight 33. The safety of our guests and our employees is our number one priority. We’re investigating what happened."

WCVB-TV reported that the passengers spent two hours waiting inside the terminal at the gate before Alaska Airlines informed them that the flight was canceled. The airline started to help passengers rebook afterward, including finding them hotels for an overnight stay, WCVB-TV stated.

Alaska Airlines said the passengers were awarded $300 food and lodging credits and re-accommodated on other flights to the West Coast.

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A plane hit a de-icing truck at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday night, forcing 166 passengers off an Alaska Airlines flight heading to Portland, Oregon, and leaving them scrambling to find another trip to the West Coast.
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