US Airways Planes Clip Wings At Reagan International

Two US Airways jets clipped wings at Reagan International Airport yesterday says the Washington Post:

Courtney Prebich, a MWAA spokeswoman, said that the two planes — a U.S. Airways Airbus A319 headed to LaGuardia Airport and a smaller U.S. Airways Express regional jet on the way to Rochester, N.Y. — were in an area at the north side of the airport waiting for their turn at the runway when the collision occurred.

The smaller jet — operated by regional carrier Republic Airways — was carrying 21 passengers in taxi mode toward the runway when it clipped the wing of the larger aircraft and became lodged there, according to Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways.

Emergency response vehicles evacuated a total of 63 passengers from the two planes onto buses and took them to the airport terminal, where they were booked onto later flights, officials said. One passenger complaining of back pain after the collision was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, Prebich said.

Boy, that doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in your pilot, does it?

U.S. Airways Planes Clip Wings at Reagan Airport [Washington Post]