The headline “Planes collide on tarmac” is the last news any frequent flyer wants to hear but it is a story that is making news this weekend.
Air India was taxing off runway on tarmac when it crashed into Jet Blue
The Air India flight had just landed a little before 6:30 a.m. and was taxing when it bumped into a parked Jet Blue flight.
A wingtip of the Air India plane hit the rudder of the parked Jet Blue plane. The Jet Blue flight had about 150 passengers on it and was about to depart to West Palm Beach, Florida.
Witness noticed only a vibration and noise when the planes collided
“There was a noise. You could feel the vibration but I didn’t know what happened,” an Air India passenger told the New York Post.
Passengers had to leave the Jet Blue plane and were put on a new flight to West Palm Beach.
A transportation source downplayed the incident telling the Post that it was a “a minor situation.”
Jet Blue comments on damage to plane after it collides with Air India
A Jet Blue spokesman said the plane, “sustained damage to its rudder and taxied back to the gate.”
The FAA says the planes were not under air traffic control when they collided on the tarmac. The question as to how the accident could have happened is still under investigation, the FAA said.
Are you worried about the risk of a plane colliding on a runway or tarmac?
Does the story of two planes colliding on the tarmac at JFK make you less confident of flying? Has a close call like this happened to you? Have you ever felt that the plane that you were in was not safely taxing toward the gate and may have come close to colliding with another plane? Aviation experts have said for years that ground crashes of planes can and is a very serious safety concern.
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