A dramatic incident unfolded at Boston’s Logan International Airport when a United Airlines plane collided with a Delta aircraft on the tarmac, adding to a growing list of runway disasters across US airports, Your Content has learned.
Passengers aboard the Delta flight captured the shocking moment on video as the United plane backed up into their aircraft, resulting in the evacuation of all passengers and the need for ticket rebooking.
The collision occurred on Friday afternoon as the Delta plane was preparing for departure to Detroit.
Video footage circulating online clearly shows the United aircraft slowly reversing into the tail of the Delta plane.
United Airlines confirmed that its winglet had grazed the other plane’s tail end.
A spokesperson for the airline, speaking to WCVB, stated, “Customers on the United aircraft deplaned normally at the gate, and we will rebook them onto other flights.”
The United flight was destined for Newark, New Jersey, and had 128 passengers on board.
Passengers aboard the Delta flight also had to be rebooked on a later flight that arrived approximately an hour later.
As an apology for the inconvenience caused, the airline arranged for pizzas to be provided to the affected customers.
One passenger shared their experience online and mentioned that they captured the collision on their cellphone.
The passenger, Daniel Frederickson, described the tense moment, stating, “We were driving through the tarmac, and I saw this other plane stationary, and it hit the other plane.
I knew it was going to happen, so I caught it on video.” Emergency vehicles and fire rescue crews promptly arrived at the scene, but thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Following the incident, the United Airlines plane was slowly towed back to the airport after approximately 30 minutes.
Passengers from both flights were reassigned to alternative flights, with the Delta crew members demonstrating professionalism and providing pizzas to help alleviate the inconvenience.
United Airlines has been contacted for additional information regarding the number of passengers on the Delta flight and the extent of the damage.
This collision at Logan Airport comes just a few months after a similar incident involving two United airplanes at the same location.
During that incident, one aircraft’s wing made contact with another United plane while being pushed backward from its gate. Once again, all passengers were rebooked onto different flights.
The recent accidents raise concerns about runway safety and call for increased vigilance in ensuring the smooth and secure operations of US airports, according DailyMail.