United, American planes collide near Austin airport gates

Firefighters at the scene of a plane collision at ABIA on May 24, 2017 (Courtesy/Ashton Ainsworth)
Firefighters at the scene of a plane collision at ABIA on May 24, 2017 (Courtesy/Ashton Ainsworth)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport collided Wednesday night near the terminal gates.

The United flight 898 — from Austin to Houston — was taxiing to the runway from gate 19 and the American flight was taxiing into gate 21 when the incident happened around 8:20 p.m.

Passengers were kept on the planes as the pilots waited for permission from the FAA to deboard the airliners. Passengers tell KXAN they were slowly let off the planes. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane hit American Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport. American says their plane was stationary when the collision happened.”While United

On Wednesday night, a United spokesperson said that one of its wings “was clipped by another aircraft.” But on Thursday morning, United changed their language to say while their flight was taxiing, one of its wings “made contact with another.”

The FAA has not said exactly who was to blame for the collision. The agency did say the two Boeing 737 planes came into contact in the ramp area, with preliminary information showing the wingtip of United Flight 898 came into contact with the tail section of the American flight.

A passenger of the United flight told KXAN the pilot came over the intercom after the collision and acknowledged it was his fault. They were already 30 minutes delayed when it happened.

The Austin Fire Department was on standby at the incident and the airport says no one was injured. United says there was some damage to their plane, but they’re unsure of the extent. The plane will be towed to a gate where it will be taken out of service and the airline is putting the passengers on another flight to Houston Wednesday night.

On the United flight there were 105 passengers and crew members and there were 149 passengers and 6 crew on the American flight.

Passengers on the United flight wait to board another plane (Courtesy/Rosa Arce)
Passengers on the United flight wait to board another plane (Courtesy/Rosa Arce)

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s