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Planes Collide at JFK in Flight-Delaying Fender Bender

Planes Collide at JFK in Flight-Delaying Fender Bender

Damage to plane's tail in JFK "fender bender." (Screengrab of Twitter post/@airlivenet)

By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:12 PM

Two planes collided at JFK Airport in New York City in what was described as a fender-bender that grounded both aircraft and delayed passengers on their trips for hours.

CBS News reported the wing of Delta Flight 2503, taxiing for Seattle on Tuesday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport, came in contact with the tail of American Airlines Flight 290, which was waiting to take off to Dublin.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the incident happened about 7:10 p.m., per WABC-TV.

"We had a big jolt, and he has a big scrape on his left wing," The American Airlines captain told air traffic control, Forbes magazine said. "The Delta at our three o'clock, we are pretty sure his winglet, ran into us as he passed behind us."

The American flight had 121 passengers and nine crew members while the Delta flight had 160 passengers and seven crew members, Forbes noted.

An airline mechanic interviewed by Forbes said it appeared the American aircraft suffered the brunt of the damage and it could take at least a week to make repairs. The same mechanic told the magazine that Delta's winglet would be "much easier to fix."

CBS noted the JFK accident happened within weeks of an Air Canada flight lining up to land on a taxiway where four other airliners were waiting to take off at San Francisco International Airport.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board said early indications are the flight came within just 29 feet of one plane and "overflew the first two aircraft by 100 feet," CBS News reported.

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