NEW YORK, N.Y. – Airport officials in New York say an Air Canada flight that had just landed at the city’s LaGuardia Airport late Monday afternoon was damaged as it sat on the taxiway by another passing plane.
Rudy King, spokesman for the Port Authority New York and New Jersey, says the Air Canada jet was stationary on the taxiway when an American Eagle plane operated by Republic Airlines that was attempting to turn clipped its wing.
King says both planes continued to their gates under their own power.
He says a 38-year-old woman on the American Eagle flight suffered a neck and back injury.
Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah says the A320 jet was arriving from Toronto with 142 passengers and everyone on board disembarked normally, but the aircraft is now out of service.
Tim Clark, an Air Canada passenger who was waiting at the gate to board the plane for its return flight to Toronto, says some passengers who left the plane went immediately to the windows to snap pictures of the damage.
“There’s a very small amount of damage, but it’s on the wing tip, on one of those split pieces on the wing tip,” Clark said as he waited in the terminal for news about how he would get home.
“It’s probably very important for flying.”
King said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident but had no word on the cause or who was at fault.
He said the incident caused no disruptions to operations at the airport.