Planes clip wings at JFK Airport

Photo of damage caused after two Delta planes clipped wings at JFK International Airport on Friday, May 4, 2012.

May 4, 2012 8:50:06 PM PDT
The FAA is investigating an incident in which two Delta 767's taxiing near the terminal area at JFK International Airport clipped wings.

The incident happened on Friday evening around 5:15 p.m. One plane was empty and being repositioned at the airport. Its wingtip clipped the tail section of a flight backing out of the gate that was en route to Istanbul.

There were 193 passengers and 11 crew members onboard Delta flight 72. The vertical stabilizer was damaged.

There were no injuries to anyone on board the Istanbul flight. The passengers were moved to another plane.

Delta said their flight would arrive about 2 hours late to Istanbul.

The FAA says the aircraft were not in communication with air traffic control when the incident occurred.

The incident did not impact airport operations.

Damage to the aircraft was still being assessed, according to the FAA and Delta.


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