Authorities say no one was injured when two commercial jets collided near the gates at Miami International Airport.
Airport spokesman Marc Henderson told The Miami Herald Thursday night that one plane had a damaged wingtip and the other sustained damage on the tail section.
The collision happened between Concourses J and H as an incoming Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340 with 240 passengers aboard struck an Air France 777-300 plane preparing to leave for Paris with 350 passengers on board.
Veronica Ramudo, a teacher, told The Miami Herald that she was walking to her seat 49-F when she felt “like an earthquake was happening.” With one hand, she held her bag and with the other she held on to a chair. When she reached her seat, an announcement was made in three languages that another plane had hit the Air France flight.
Henderson says rescue crews quickly surrounded both planes.The Herald reports the passengers arriving from Argentina were allowed to get off the plane at the gate. The passengers heading to France had to pick up their luggage and wait in long lines to reschedule their flights.
An investigation is under way.
Such fender benders are relatively rare. In April 2011, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus 380 clipped a smaller jet in New York.
"No one was injured on Monday night when the massive Air France A380 clipped the tail of a smaller Delta jet at John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The Paris-bound Air France jet was taxiing toward the runway when it spun Comair Flight 6293, a Delta Connection flight that had arrived minutes early from Boston. Both aircraft suffered minor damage.
It's the second time in six months that this model of jumbo jet has clipped another aircraft while on the ground.
An Air France 380 also brushed the wing of an Airbus A330 that was parked at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Oct. 30, 2011 reports Bloomberg, suggesting that Air France pilots and air traffic controllers are still getting used to the wingspan of this jumbo jet. Air France got its first A380 in late 2009.
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