Two planes dramatically clipped wings on Saturday morning at Newark Airport in New Jersey — leaving 242 passengers with delayed or re-booked travel plans, officials said.
According to the New York Post, Southwest Flight 6, headed for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had just been de-iced at around 7:30am and began to taxi at Terminal A when its left winglet grazed the tail of Southwest Flight 3133 to Nashville, Tennessee, — which was also having ice removed, according to the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Both planes were brought back to the gates, and no one was injured, the airline said.
The 140 passengers on Flight 6 were placed on a new plane, set to depart about five hours behind schedule.
Flight 3133 was cancelled, and the 102 passengers were re-booked on other flights out of both Newark and LaGuardia.
“Well looks like my Florida vacation will be actually be at Newark Airport because my @Southwest plane just got hit by another plane on the tarmac,” Bryan Rogers tweeted.
Both planes are out-of-service for review, Southwest confirmed.
“There is no higher priority for us than safety and we thank our customers for their understanding as we apologise ahead of their delayed travel,” the airline said in a statement.
This article first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.