Jet clips another at Miami airport, no injuries
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Crews are assessing damage to two planes as the NTSB prepares to open an investigation into why a plane clipped the tail of another on the tarmac at Miami International Airport.
Passengers were left shaken up after the wing of a plane clipped the tail of another on the tarmac at Miami International Airport, late Thursday afternoon. "As we were boarding, and all of the sudden there was like a rumble. I've never experienced an earthquake, but I think it would be very similar to an earthquake," said Veronica Ramudo.
The incident happened Thursday night. According to the Federal Aviation Administration and witnesses at MIA, the wing of an Aerolinas Argentinas Airbus smacked the tail section of a parked Air France Boeing 777 as it readied for an overseas flight to Paris from Miami. "People were freaking out and looking outside, and we found out that a plane had hit us," said Air France passenger Ramudo.
Melanie Sauck and her 3-year-old son Carlos, and her husband had planned to catch a connection in Paris so they could head home to Germany. "We didn't know what happened, but yeah, then they told us there was an accident with another plane," she said.
Sauck took a picture of the torn edge of the Aerolinas Argentinas plane wing. Another passenger coming in from Buenos Aires also took a picture of the damage.
Another passenger said the point of the wing of the Argentinean plane made impact with the stabilizer on the Air France Boeing 777. The stabilizer broke, hanging at the tail section of the jumbo jet. "Everybody was laughing and taking pictures," said another passenger.
Ramudo was forced to reschedule her trip to Paris for May. "Everything happens for a reason, right?"
No one was injured and the FAA continues to investigate this incident.
Officials at MIA said they have not had an incident where two planes have collided in 10 years.
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