Planes Clip Each Other at NC Airport

U.S. Airways had to cancel two of its flights after the planes clipped each other as they taxied at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The airline told multiple media outlets the two planes were heading to the runway about 4 p.m. Saturday when the wing of one of the aircraft clipped the tail of the other plane.

The incident caused only minor damage and no injuries were reported, but US Air says it took both planes out of service as a precaution.

One plane with about 280 passengers was heading to Frankfurt, Germany, while the other plane and its 170 passengers were going to San Francisco.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    Fact Check: Check your facts... type "US Airways United merger" into the a search on the web and do some reading. If you book a flight on either there is a high chance of changing to one or the other of them partway through, and they will tell you X operated by Y. I got on one airline at the other airline's gate. Does this really matter? Anyway... Mindy, I'm glad you went. You can't let it paralyze you. Truth: ROFL Thank you for that memory and the laugh.
  • by MINDY on Jun 8, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Thanks Ken! Actually i am feeling much better today and I think we are going to try to fly out again on Saturday. Feeling much better now. Just pray I will still feel this good on Saturday!
  • by Ken Location: Morehead City on Jun 7, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    Mindy, I feel so sorry for you. Your vacation was ruined and I am sure your staff was diappointed that you where unable to come so they could give you their undivided attention. Your nerves will settle and maybe next time you cantake your yacht.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Jun 7, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    "There's... SOMEthing...on... the WIng! SOME... thing!" Oh, relax. It's just... ANOTHER PLANE!
  • by MINDY on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    no, I just could not go on. My family kept trying to tell me that we can take the next flight out, but I was literally sobbing. I don't know when I'll be able to get on a plane again. Hopefully in a week or two I'll be better enought to get on another one. Mean while, our beautiful house in Frankfurt awaits! I feel like I'll be better in a few days. I have been hitting the xanix harder the last couple of days to help me get out of this uneasiness I am feeling.
  • by Fact Check on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    It really is not that big of a deal folks. They did what was right. Some pilots (or ground tower crew) screwed up. Mindy, you should have got on the next flight and enjoyed your trip. Do you know how many planes are in the air everyday??? Audra, United and USAir are codeshare partners (along with 15-20 other airlines), they have not merged.
  • by Steve on Jun 7, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    I'm not surprised by this I was flying from PGV to Charlotte and we were about to land but, there was a plane taking off on the same runway we were trying to land on the pilot pulled the nose up and hit the throttle and everybody was looking around to see what was going on and about 5 mins. after the pilot came on the radio and said, sorry about that folks there was a plane taking off on our runway.
  • by MINDY on Jun 7, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    I was on the plane heading to Germany. We have another house there and visit about twice a year for several weeks. Needless to say after this happened my nerves were all to pieces so we just cancelled our flight out and came back home. I cried most of the way home and just today have started feeling more like myself. It's sad too, because I really wanted to spend some time at our house in Germany. It's so beautiful this time of the year and was looking forward to just being there for about a month in our beautiful home there. Maybe in a few days I'll get the nerve for us to try it again. Flying has always made me nervous and this really has cause me to feel very uneasy. We had so many phone calls to make to our friends in Germany who were expecting us explaining what had happened. I also had to call our staff at the house to explain to them what had happened. It's just all been a mess.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 7, 2010 at 12:47 AM
    Aaauuuggghhh!!! That's the route I just took to go from PGV back to CA about a week ago. LOL Same airlines even. I got stranded in Charlotte by one late, but apparently mute pilot followed by a 2 minute early antsy one leaving on my connection when I took United out there in April. I had to sit for a few hours and wait for another flight in the middle of the night. Nvm that no one bothered to tell us we arrived late or hold the connection... they said blame Orbitz, not them, for the short layover. It wasn't short till we got there so late! Last trip in the Fall, United left my checked bag sitting in the rain in Raleigh while I was on my way to LAX & didn't get it to me until 10pm the NEXT day. United & US Airways are merged... All things considered, I think I'll pick someone else next time. I'm not feelin' them so much.
  • by retired usairways F/A on Jun 6, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    not good.. lots of revenue lost... look how many people were stranded... somebody lost their job on this one. Any minor dent, effecting a rivet must be investigated, studied to see what effect it has structurally when in the air * change of drastic temp. etc. God has his reasons.. if it is meant to go.. it will!
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