Horror minutes on the New York’s JFK Airport: The Airbus A380 touched the rear of a small aircraft. The passengers escaped with a fright.
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to investigate what happened Monday night when a huge Air France A380 jet clipped a smaller aircraft at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, CNN reported Tuesday. No one was reported injured in the incident.
The A380, the world’s biggest passenger jet, collided with the tail of a Delta Connection Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, CNN said. The Delta plane had earlier arrived from Boston.
CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, who was on the Air France flight headed to Paris, said that he felt a slight rumble as his plane was moving on the ground Monday at about 8:15 p.m. The pilot then stopped the aircraft, and eventually fire department crews surrounded it and the other plane, CNN reported.
Both planes sustained some damage.
The much-heralded A380, sporting wings almost as long as a football field, has proven to be a mixed blessing for some airports, which have had to adapt to its heft. Reporting in 2009, Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Weikel wrote of LAX:
“Service roads, taxiways and runways must be closed to airfield trucks, cars and other commercial aircraft as the world’s largest passenger plane — with wings almost as long as a football field — arrives, departs and taxis with an official escort of operations vehicles.
“The plane is so immense that air traffic controllers give it priority so it doesn’t have to wait for takeoff at the end of the airport’s southern runways in cloudy or foggy weather because it can disrupt radio signals from the airport’s instrument landing system.”