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RDU-bound plane collides with another plane on Boston runway

Posted July 14, 2011

— A plane en route to Raleigh-Durham International Airport collided with another plane on a Boston runway Thursday night, according to WBZ-TV in Boston. No major injuries were reported.

One person complained of neck pain after Delta Flight 266's wing clipped the tail of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4904, according to Boston Logan International Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella. There were no other injuries.

Passenger Jay Copan, of Raleigh, told WBZ-TV that he was startled when the planes hit around 7:30 p.m.

"I was half asleep and the next thing you know, there was a bang," he said. "We were all wondering what happened, and the pilot comes on and says we've been clipped by the plane behind us."

RDU-bound plane collides with another plane in Boston RDU-bound plane collides with another plane in Boston

Both planes were damaged. The RDU-bound plane had 74 passengers and three crew members on board. The other flight, which was heading to Amsterdam, had 204 passengers and 11 crew members. One of its passengers complained of neck pain, but no one was seriously hurt.

Delta released a statement saying that both aircraft have been removed from service for inspections and that passengers were being put on other planes. WBZ-TV reported that passengers were being put up in Boston hotels for the night. No other information was released.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 15, 2011


  • paginasecunda Jul 15, 2011

    Um, this article is way misleading. It was a taxiway, not a runway (a mistake WRAL keeps making), which are very different. Taxiways are for moving the aircraft around on the ground, runways are for taking off and landing. It may seem like a minor distinction, but it involves a difference of easily well over 100mph (in this case), different Air Traffic Control clearances, different accident classification, and a completely different phase of aircraft operations. I know this because it is marked in the video as a taxiway, and the FAA preliminary report (http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/preliminary_data/media/D_0715_N.txt) has the phase as taxiing, and because the incorrectly titled CBS article found in the link in this article clearly states within the article that it was on a taxiway, and the pictures it provides clearly shows the aircraft located on what is clearly marked as a taxiway.

  • ecu4me2 Jul 15, 2011

    The one with neck pain was probably on the NC bound plane.

  • hunter38 Jul 15, 2011

    Why does WRAL add so much drama into their stories? "collides" I mean really.....wouldn't "bumped" work just as well? When I hear "collide" Im thinking the worst....expecting to see pieces of plane scattered for miles...bodies thrown about and such.

  • minot Jul 15, 2011

    Well.... simple math, which for a teacher should be easy. 2 pilots, and 2 flight attendants for 74 seats. Add it up and you get......not 3!

  • pinball wizard Jul 15, 2011

    I guess it collided, but the RDU bound plane was not moving. The 767 was moving and clipped the tail.

  • southernincary Jul 15, 2011

    @minot "With 74 pax, I hope that RDU flight didn't only have 3 crew members on it!"

    Why not? Teachers do it at those numbers... surely a flight crew can maintain order among 74 adults for an hour and a half.

  • minot Jul 15, 2011

    With 74 pax, I hope that RDU flight didn't only have 3 crew members on it!

  • thinkin out loud Jul 15, 2011

    Tarmac (short for tarmacadam, or tar-penetration macadam) is a type of road surface. It is often incorrectly used in referring to runways at airports as they are not made with TAR, they are either asphalt, concrete or a mixture of both. That's todays lesson, class dismissed.

  • Tug Boat II Jul 15, 2011

    I can read the NTSB report on what happen: Pilot’s fails to maintain control of the aircraft resulting in a collision while taxiing. Or in words to that effect.