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FAA, NTSB investigate RDU-bound plane collision

Posted July 15, 2011 4:32 p.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2011 5:57 p.m. EDT

— A team of investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were trying to determine Friday what caused a Delta Airlines jet to clip the tail of another plane bound for Raleigh-Durham International Airport Thursday night.

Delta Flight 266 and Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4904 were on intersecting taxiways at Boston's Logan International Airport when the incident happened.

Investigators plan to pull the Delta plane’s black box and interview crew members from both flights.

Both planes were damaged. The Delta 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.

The RDU-bound plane had 74 passengers and three crew members on board. They stayed in a hotel overnight, and most were booked on flights to Raleigh on Friday.

Passenger Wes Wilk arrived back in Raleigh on Friday afternoon.  He said everyone on board heard the noise and knew it was something bad. 

"I thought we had run over one of the little airport cars at first," passenger Tricia Ho said. 

Passenger Alexander Chibbra, 12, said he thought the sound meant something worse. 

"I was thinking it was maybe a terrorist or alien attack because it felt like a shock wave of a bomb," Chibbra said. 

Chibbra then looked and saw the other plane with part of its wing broken.