Two United Airlines planes collided at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Friday morning, the carrier confirmed to Insider.
Two United Airlines aircraft collided
The wing of an empty Boeing 787 being dragged into a neighbouring gate clipped the wing of a parked Boeing 757 bound for Orlando, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Photos from the event show that the 757’s winglet was nearly destroyed.
“The left wing of United Airlines Flight 2135, a Boeing 757-200, was impacted by a Boeing 787 aircraft around 8:45 a.m. Friday at Newark Liberty International Airport.” “An aircraft tug was moving the second plane. The FAA will look into it.”The FAA confirmed the incident to Insider in a statement
When the two aircraft crashed, United passenger Rebecca Blum told that she heard a loud and felt a “jolt,” but claimed no one on board panicked.
The Orlando-bound passengers, who were on the plane when the incident occurred but were unharmed, were evacuated and rebooked on other flights, United told Insider.
Three weeks ago, at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 and an American Airlines Boeing 777 came dangerously close to colliding. That incident led to Friday’s occurrence.
When the American plane crossed the same active runway, the Delta plane was cleared and ready to take off. The 737 aircraft came to a stop just 1,000 feet from the 777, but the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are both now looking into the close call.
Although these two incidents happened immediately after one another, airborne crashes are uncommon. The two United Airlines flights were involved in a “on-gate” incident, which is more often between one plane and support vehicles like a food truck, according to the aviation safety website SKYbrary.
The FAA reports that runway incursions, which occur when an aircraft is positioned incorrectly on a runway, happened 1,732 times in 2022, including the incident at New York-JFK. Out of the many millions of flights each year.
These frequently happen at smaller airports and many of them can be attributed to pilot error. According to the FAA, 75% of pilot-related accidents involved smaller general aviation aircraft, not commercial airliners, according to the FAA.
In the US, the most recent deadly crash involving an aircraft on the incorrect runway was in 2006. All but the first officer were killed when a Comair Bombardier CRJ-100ER was lined up on the incorrect runway, which was too short to take off from, and it ran out of pavement and into a wall on takeoff.
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