Saturday, July 16, 2011

Planes collide on runway before takeoff

BOSTON -- The wing of a Delta jet clipped the tail of an aircraft that provides regional air service for the carrier while both planes were on the runway and preparing to fly out of Boston on Thursday evening, forcing officials to remove both from service for inspections.

The incident involved Delta Flight 266 from Boston to Amsterdam which hit the vertical stabilizer of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4904, also on departure from Boston to Raleigh-Durham, Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said.
Investigators were talking to crew and passengers of both aircraft, trying to figure out the circumstances surrounding the crash, Orlandella said.

The Delta jet returned to the gate and ASA passengers were transported by bus to the terminal.
Atlanta-based Delta says both aircraft have been removed from service for inspections. Passengers are being put on other planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a Delta 767 collided with an Atlantic Southeast jet on a taxiway.

"While taxiing out for departure, the wing from Flight 266 from Boston to Amsterdam made contact with the vertical stabilizer of ASA Flight 4904, also on departure from Boston to Raleigh-Durham," the New York Post quoted a statement from Delta Air Lines, as saying.


"Both aircraft have been removed from service for inspections and passengers are currently being re-accommodated on other aircraft," the statement added. (Agencies)

Hundreds of passengers were reportedly evacuated from two Delta jets after they collided on a runway at Boston’s Logan International Thursday evening.

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