Jets collide in Miami (on the ground) with no injuries (+video)
Jets collide in Miami: Two commercial airline jets collided while taxing on the ground at Miami International Airport. Each jet sustained damage to the fuselage due to the collision.
Authorities say no one was injured when two commercial jets collided near the gates at Miami International Airport.
Airport spokesman Marc Henderson told The Miami Herald Thursday night that one plane had a damaged wingtip and the other sustained damage on the tail section.
The collision happened between Concourses J and H as an incoming Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340 with 240 passengers aboard struck an Air France 777-300 plane preparing to leave for Paris with 350 passengers on board.
Veronica Ramudo, a teacher, told The Miami Herald that she was walking to her seat 49-F when she felt “like an earthquake was happening.” With one hand, she held her bag and with the other she held on to a chair. When she reached her seat, an announcement was made in three languages that another plane had hit the Air France flight.
Henderson says rescue crews quickly surrounded both planes.The Herald reports the passengers arriving from Argentina were allowed to get off the plane at the gate. The passengers heading to France had to pick up their luggage and wait in long lines to reschedule their flights.
An investigation is under way.
Such fender benders are relatively rare. In April 2011, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus 380 clipped a smaller jet in New York.