Wings of two United Airlines planes clip on the runway at Boston Logan Airport
Wings of two United Airlines planes clip on the runway at Boston Logan Airport – a week after a JetBlue pilot was forced to take ‘evasive action’ when a Learjet crossed the runway as it was preparing to land
Two United Airlines planes were involved in a slow-speed collision at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday.
It happened as one airliner was being pushed backwards out of its bay and its right wing fouled on the horizontal stabilizer at the rear of an adjacent plane.
The incident occurred just before 9am and required United Airlines to disembark all passengers so the two flights could be rescheduled using different aircraft.
‘While pushing back from its gate earlier today at Boston Logan, the wing of one United aircraft made contact with the wing of another United plane parked at the neighboring gate,’ United Airlines said in a statement.
It came a week after an incident at the same airport, when a JetBlue pilot was forced to take ‘evasive action’ as a Learjet 60 crossed the runway when it was preparing to land.
On Monday morning an airliner was being pushed backwards out of its bay when its right wing collided with the horizontal stabilizer at the rear of an adjacent plane. Pictured are the two aircraft in contact
The collision happened just before 9am on Monday at Boston Logan International Airport
A person on the plane posted a photo to Reddit on Monday that appeared to show the wing of one plane partially lodged into the edge of the wing of another aircraft.
‘Tough start to Monday at Boston Logan,’ the person wrote.
Another passenger on the plane posted to Twitter a similar photo and described the incident as a ‘fender bender’.
United Airlines offered a corporate response to the picture, expressing condolences and a commitment to working on a ‘timely solution’.
‘We’re sorry to see this has been your experience. Our teams are aware and are working on the best timely solution,’ it said from a company account.
‘We understand how frustrating delays are and we’re sorry that your travel has been impacted like this,’ it added.
In a statement the airline said: ‘Customers on both aircraft deplaned normally and we’ve made arrangements to get them to their destinations on different aircraft.’
United Airlines expressed condolences and a commitment to work on a ‘timely solution’
One passenger posted a photo of the collision to Twitter and described the incident as a ‘fender bender’
The incident last week involving the commercial aircraft and the small private jet was described as a ‘close call’.
‘According to a preliminary review, the pilot of a Learjet 60 took off without clearance while JetBlue Flight 206 was preparing to land on an intersecting runway,’ the FAA said. It did not identify who the Learjet belonged to.
‘An air traffic controller instructed the pilot of the Learjet to line up and wait on Runway 9 while the JetBlue Embraer 190 landed on Runway 4-Right, which intersects Runway 9,’ the FAA said.
‘The Learjet pilot read back the instructions clearly but began a takeoff roll instead.’