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American Airlines plane clips Southwest Airlines plane on deicing pad in Detroit

The wing of an American Airlines plane clipped the back of a Southwest Airlines aircraft while it was on the deicing pad at Detroit’s airport.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines said its Boeing 737-700, which was headed to Dallas Love Field with 95 passengers and five crew members, was being deiced when its tail was hit. Southwest said the aircraft is now out of service for maintenance.

“The Southwest Team is in the process of accommodating customers on alternate flights. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work diligently to get them safely to their final destinations,” the carrier said in a statement.

American said there were no reported injuries on its flight which was also headed to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The flight had 150 passengers and six crew members.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are reaccommodating them on other flights,” American said.

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