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Airplane bumps into another at LAX

May 21, 2009 |  7:10 pm

A commuter plane bumped into another commuter aircraft as it backed out of its gate at LAX on Thursday afternoon.

 At 4:40 p.m., an American Eagle flight bound for San Diego bumped into the tail section of another American Eagle plane parked at LAX’s midfield terminal, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. None of the 40 passengers and three crew members aboard the departing aircraft were injured, but there was slight damage to one or both of the planes, said Nancy Castles, an LAX spokeswoman.

The plane returned to the gate, and the passengers were booked on other flights, airport officials said. No one was on the other plane at the time of the incident. FAA traffic controllers were not directing either of the two Embraer E135 turboprop planes at the time of the accident, Gregor said. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, Castles said.

--Joel Rubin

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