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Planes Collide on Tarmac: ‘There was a noise’

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 10, 2013 Last Updated: March 11, 2013
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Planes collide on tarmac: JetBlue and Air India planes collided on the tarmac at JFK airport in New York City. There were no injuries.

A JetBlue plane is seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport April 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

A JetBlue plane is seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport April 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Two planes collided with one another at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City over the weekend, according to officials. Passengers on one of the flights said it felt like the plane went over a pothole in the incident.

An Air India plane and a JetBlue plane hit each other after the Air India flight landed on the tarmac and clipped the wing of the JetBlue aircraft near Terminal 4 on Saturday morning. The JetBlue plane was carrying around 150 passengers, who were removed and transferred to another plane, reported WABC.

After the collision with the Air India plane, officials said the JetBlue plane took damage to its rudder. The Air India plane suffered damage to its left wing tip.

“While crews went to get a new towbar, an air India flight taxied into the area and made contact with their aircraft,” Alex Headrick, a spokesman for JetBlue, told NBC News.

A spokesperson with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that none of the passengers on either plane were injured.

Passengers on the Air India flight told CBS New York that when the plane hit the JetBlue aircraft, it felt like their plane drove over a pot hole.

“There was a noise. You could feel the vibration but I didn’t know what happened,” one passenger on the Air India plane told The New York Post.

A local transportation source, who was not named, attempted to downplay the situation.

“At the end of the day, this is a minor situation,” told source told the Post. “There were no injuries and, not too long after that, passengers that were on the plane went on a new flight and were taken out.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the planes were not under traffic control when the collision took place.

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