Aviation News

May 5, 2012

Wing of Delta Plane Clips Tail of Another at New York’s Kennedy Airport

Delta Terminal 3 at JFK Airport. (Photo by reallyboring via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)
Delta Terminal 3 at JFK Airport. (Photo by reallyboring via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)
Two Delta Air Lines jets bumped into each other at Kennedy Airport in New York Friday evening, but no one was injured.

The wing of an empty Delta Boeing 767 being towed clipped the vertical stabilizer of a loaded 767-300ER backing out from Terminal 4 for departure to Istanbul.

Delta Flight 72, carrying 193 passengers and 11 crew members, was scheduled to depart at 5:05 pm, but was delayed nearly four hours after the accident, taking off just before 9 pm.

In April 2011, a Delta Connection regional jet was spun around at JFK when it was hit by the wing of an Air France Airbus A380. More recently, a taxiing Delta Boeing 737 slid off a runway in Atlanta this past March. Nobody was injured in either accident.