An airport employee at SFO pulled an Aer Lingus plane in a concrete pole, which results in damage to the wing.
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An Aer Lingus plane ran into a concrete post at the San Francisco International Airport Wednesday afternoon while being towed to the gate.
The aircraft, which had just landed from Dublin around 3:15 pm., cut the structure with the right wing tip before reaching the terminal, resulting in damage to the aircraft.
Passengers were on board at the time of the collision, but nobody was hurt.
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Passengers were on board at the time of the collision, but no one was injured, an Aer Lingus spokesman told Fox News.
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“We can’t leave until they take photos for the insurance and the rate of damage. Everyone is okay, but we were so close to the exit of the plane! Can’t wait to get off,” a passenger tweeted.
So.. Joey and I landed at SFO more than an hour ago, but we are still on the plane. The pilot touched the wall with the right wing so we can’t leave until they take photos for the insurance and the rate of damage. Everyone is okay, but we were so close to the exit of the plane! Can’t wait to get off
— Janelle (@JanelleBeLike) 23 May 2018
A spokesman for SFO confirmed the accident, releasing the following statement to Fox News: “At 3:15 pm on Wednesday, 23 May, Aer Lingus Flight 147 of Dublin was pulled by a tractor in Gate G91 in the SFO International Terminal when the right wing tip made contact with a concrete post. The flight was scheduled to depart on Thursday night, and departed at 9:20 pm”
By the incident, the flight scheduled to go back to Dublin, shortly afterwards, was delayed while the damage was assessed. Passengers affected by the stoppage shared their frustrations on Twitter.
“Stuck in SFO after damage to the plane earlier. No communication to passengers about the question of whether flight is cancelled or not,” one person wrote.
@North america a trust Stuck in SFO after damage to the plane earlier. No communication to passengers about whether the flight is cancelled or not. This is the current board on 20.10; nothing is updated!!!!
— John Garvey (@SeanOGairbhith) May 24, 2018
“Sitting in SFO, [Aer Lingus] airplane simply on a wall and our flight is delayed by 4-5 hours, zero communication, there are only 3 ppl at the check-in desk, but no updates. We are all on the flight for a friend’s wedding on Friday, no update on when we are at home! Shame! ” someone else tweeted.
Sitting in SFO, @north america a trust plane just on a wall and our flight is delayed by 4-5 hours, zero communication, there are only 3 ppl at the check-in desk, but no updates. We are all on the flight for a friends wedding on Friday, no update on when we are at home! Shame!
— Aideen O’neill (@Aidoneill701) May 24, 2018
The flight was finally canceled and passengers were put on another flight the next day.
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The airline has apologized for the inconvenience in a statement to Fox News.
“Unfortunately, Aer Lingus cancelled EI146 San Francisco to Dublin, on Wednesday, May 23, while a full investigation into the incident was underway. The guests were accommodated on an additional flight, EI2148, who left San Francisco yesterday evening local time and arrived in Dublin today, Friday, May 25, shortly before 3 pm, the Irish and the local time. Aer Lingus apologies to all concerned for the inconvenience caused by this incident.”
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.