August 30, 2012

Miami Dolphins Charter Plane Clips Tail of American Jet in Dallas

Miami Dolphin wearing an AA helmet.

An American Airlines Boeing 767 carrying the Miami Dolphins football team clipped another American aircraft while taxiing in Dallas late Wednesday night, causing damage to both planes and delaying the team’s trip home, according to reports.

CBS Miami said the Boeing 767-300ER pushing back from the gate to carry the team back to Fort Lauderdale following a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys when one of the plane’s winglets collided with the tail of a parked MD-80 aircraft.

No one was injured, but both planes will be relegated to the sidelines while inspections and repairs are made.

It is not clear who was at fault in the incident or whether anyone will be disciplined. While clipping is a 15 yard penalty in the NFL, in the airline biz it often costs someone their job.

NFL Films producer Rob Gehring was onboard the plane as part of the crew filming the Dolphins for the upcoming season of the HBO reality series “Hard Knocks”:

The Hard Knocks crew reportedly caught the incident on film.

The team was eventually moved onto another 767 for the flight home, which didn’t depart until nearly 4 am Thursday morning and. The flight, which had been scheduled to leave shortly after midnight, didn’t land in Florida until 7:30 am.

Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline was not terribly pleased:

Nor was quarterback Matt Moore:

The Dolphins will try to damage some more jets when they take on the New York Jets in Miami on Sept. 23.

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