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Planes clip wings at LAX; federal officials investigate

April 21, 2012 |  7:54 am

Damaged left wing

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident at Los Angeles International Airport in which the wing of a departing plane clipped the wing of a parked plane.

A United Express commuter jet with about 30 people aboard bound for Palm Springs was pushing back from its gate about 8:15 p.m. Friday when its wing struck another commuter jet, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

The United Express plane, an Embraer E-120, is operated by SkyWest Airlines.

About 25 passengers and three crew members were on the plane at the time of the incident, he said. The aircraft was not being directed by FAA air traffic contollers, he said.

No injuries were reported, but some passengers said they felt frightened.

A cellphone photo, above, submitted by a Times reader apparently shows the wing of the aircraft with a crumpled tip.


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Photo: The left wing of a United Express plane shows damage after a minor accident. Credit: Reader submission

Correction: An earlier headline on this story incorrectly said the incident occurred at the LAX runway. It actually occurred at the terminal area.