If two planes ever collide, it is usually better if it happens on the ground, like the planes which cut each other in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday evening.
According to the airport officials, the wingtip from United Flight 898 came into contact with the tail of American Airlines Flight 2675 shortly after 8:20 pm, just as the United flight was taxiing away from the gate.
A United passenger who spoke with keye added that the United immediately took the responsibility for the collision.
“The pilot took full responsibility,” said Cody Strickland. “He said:” This is your captain, we have just clipped the wing of the other aircraft. It was my fault, we are going to do the best we can to get you back to the port.”
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Airport officials were forced to wait for an OK from the FAA before they could the pilots clearance to taxi back to the gate. Strickland says it took two hours before his flight was allowed to deplane, at which point the passengers had to wait on another flight to Houston.
No one was injured in the crash, but the audio recordings of air traffic control suggest that the American Airlines flight that had just arrived in Austin from JFK International Airport in New York City, suffered little damage.
“There is a piece of something explains your tail, but the APU is running just fine,” an air traffic official can be heard, noted in an audio recording obtained by KXAN. “There is no leak or smoke.”
The photos shared by one of the AA’s passengers also show slight damage to the tip of the wing of the United aircraft.
So this is a first. Have a fender bender…on a plane? Props to @AmericanAir for treatment like the pros! (other aircraft hit us) #whattttttttt pic.twitter.com/SZKarRmR6x
— Christina K. B. (@ckburgess546) May 25, 2017
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Both United Airlines and American Airlines have released statements on Fox News about the collision, each of which describes the same pattern of events.
“The wing of another aircraft came in contact with American Airlines flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport,” says the American. “The American Airlines plane was stationary at the time, as it was waiting to taxi to the gate. No passengers or crew were injured.”
United statement to Fox News, confirmed that all United customers were re-booked on a later flight to Houston, which started at about 11:30 hours, or about four hours after the scheduled departure time.
The FAA says that they are currently assessing the damage.