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Southwest, American planes clip each other at LaGuardia

An American Airlines plane and Southwest Airlines plane clip each other at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
An American Airlines plane and Southwest Airlines plane clip each other at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Courtesy of @aparman

It appears that a Southwest Airlines aircraft and an American Airlines airplane struck each other while taxiing at New York LaGuardia’s airport this morning.

Pictures posted to Twitter around 10:15 a.m., show an American plane that looks like it was pushing away from a gate as a Southwest plane was taxiing behind it. The winglet on the Southwest plane was torn off.

It is unclear which aircraft was at fault in the incident.

We are reaching out to both airlines to find out if there were any injuries to passengers or crewmembers in the accident.

Photos posted by Twitter users @aparman and @Ari_Be_Free

Update: Here is the statement from Southwest on the incident.

“The wingtip of the aircraft operating Southwest Airlines Flight #449 departing from New York LaGuardia to Denver came in contact with another aircraft that was awaiting a gate. The 143 Customers onboard Flight 449 deplaned the aircraft via air stairs and were bussed to the terminal where our Teams are working to get them to their destinations. The aircraft involved has been taken out of service for inspection and repairs. There are no reported injuries among the Customers and five Crewmembers.”

Update 2: Here is the statement from American on the incident.

“American Airlines Flight 1104 was taxiing to its gate at LaGuardia Airport when its left horizontal stabilizer and the winglet of a moving Southwest Airlines 737 made contact. No injuries were reported on the American Airlines flight, which had originated at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The contact happened at 11 a.m. ET. The American Airlines 737 had 143 passengers and six crewmembers on board. Everyone exited the plane normally through the jetbridge. The plane is being evaluated. Passengers for its next planned trip are being accommodated on a different aircraft.”

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