Two passenger planes collided yesterday evening at Los Angeles International Airport. There were no injuries reported when the United Airlines flight, a Boeing 757 which had just landed from New Jersey at Gate 73 at Terminal 7, came into contact with the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737, which was departing from Gate 66. The area where the two aircraft intersected is known as a tightly constrained area according to airline workers.
According to a statement from Alaska Airlines reported by CBS News, one plane “was being pushed back from the gate about 7:45pm and its wingtip clipped another aircraft”.
The 182 passengers on the plane managed to continue their journey to Portland after Alaska Airlines dispatched a different aircraft for the flight around two hours later on Sunday night.
United Airlines said their plane had been “taxiing to the gate at a low speed” before the incident in a statement reported by CBS News. The 169 passengers on board left as normal and engineers inspected the aircraft.
So….. the @united plane I’m on was pulling into the gate at LAX and….another plane just RAN INTO US! Planes are stuck together.
— Peter Cambor (@petercambor) September 14, 2015
Diana Westmyer, a passenger on the United Airlines flight, told CBS Local in Los Angeles she felt a jolt when the planes came into contact and that all the passengers were asked to remain seated by the pilot.
“And then they came back and said we can’t move yet because they’re connected. They said they wanted everyone to sit back down because they were either [going to] pull us away from the other plane or pull the other plane away from us.”
A large piece of the plane was “broken off,” she added.
Both United and Alaska have stated that they will be working with the FAA and NTSB in review of the incident.