EAST ELMHURST, Queens — Authorities say two planes clipped each other at a taxiway at LaGuardia Airport Thursday morning, but no passengers were injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration says a Westjet Air 1200, a Boeing 737, made a contact with a wing of Republic Airline Flight 5899, an Embraer E170, as they were moving on a taxiway at LaGuardia around 8:35 a.m.
Passengers were deplaned and the collision did not have impact to other airport operations, according to the Port Authority.
The planes were taken back to gates for further inspection. The FAA will continue to investigate.
“Our plane just hit by West Jet at LaGuardia,” a passenger said on Twitter. “Their wing clipped our tail.”
Our plane just hit by West Jet at LaGuardia. A hit a run. Their wing clipped our tail. We're stuck. Canadians! pic.twitter.com/HGvAXiblRv
— Rob Lau (@RobLau165) May 11, 2017
Two airliners were slightly damaged after clipping each other shortly after landing at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday morning — but no one was reported injured, officials said.
WestJet Flight 1200, a Boeing 737, and Republic Airline Flight 5899, an Embraer E170, came in contact around 8:30 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority.
The Republic plane’s rear stabilizer and the WestJet aircraft’s left wing were damaged in the mishap, which occurred at the intersection of Taxiway B and Taxiway M, officials said.
The Republic aircraft, operating for Delta Connection, was stopped on a taxiway awaiting a gate when the wingtip of the taxiing Boeing 737 clipped it, Republic spokesman Jon Austin told The Post.
“There were no injuries reported and the safety of all our customers and crew is our top priority,” he said.
A Republic passenger posted an image from the airport.
“Our plane just hit by West Jet at LaGuardia. A hit a (sic) run. Their wing clipped our tail. We’re stuck,” Rob Lau tweeted under the handle @RobLau165.
The passengers were removed from both aircraft and placed on other flights after the collision, which did not affect operations at the airport, according to the Port Authority.
WestJet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The FAA is investigating the incident.
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