Planes Collide on JFK Airport Runway

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An Air France jumbo jet bound for Paris clipped the tail of a Delta Comair commuter plane while taxiing last night at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

There were no injuries, though passengers were startled, and the planes appeared to be damaged.

"It was pretty damned scary," Poppy Lawton, 29, of London, who was aboard the Delta flight, tells the New York Daily News. "You could hear things breaking, almost like glass breaking."

An Air France spokeswoman tells AOL Travel News the Airbus A380 with 495 passengers and 25 crew onboard "was taxiing and the other one (plane) was parking" when the incident occurred around 8:09 p.m.

She says the carrier is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board in their investigation. "They are looking into the matter," the Air France spokeswoman says.

The A380 is the world's biggest commercial passenger plane.


Delta spokesman Anthony Black tells AOL Travel News Comair Flight 6293 had just arrived from Boston and was preparing to taxi to its gate at JFK, "when the wing tip of an Air France A380 aircraft contacted the tail of the CRJ 700."

He says there were 62 passengers and four crew aboard the Comair aircraft.

"The passengers were deplaned and were taken into the terminal area. No injuries are reported. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), NTSB and Port Authority are investigating this event, and we are cooperating in their investigation," Black adds.

Both aircraft were towed away for inspection. How much damage the two planes sustained remains unclear.

The NTSB says it hopes to have a preliminary report on the incident later today.

"We will be investigating once the damage assessment is completed this a.m. We may have more information later in the day," NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway tells AOL Travel News

JFK is one of the nation's busiest airports. Air France and Delta are partner SkyTeam airlines.

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