The wing of Delta Flight 266, a Boeing 767 headed to Amsterdam from Boston, clipped the tail of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4904, departing for Raleigh-Durham, at about 7:30 p.m. ASA provides regional air service for Atlanta-based Delta.
There were 204 passengers and 11 crew members on the larger plane, 74 passengers and three crew members on the smaller aircraft.
The Delta jet returned to the gate and ASA passengers were transported by bus to the terminal. Some passengers were rebooked on other flights, while some had to spend the night in Boston.
Passengers said they were jolted, but there was little panic.
Although there was some reports of screaming and crying, the pilots and most passengers remained calm.
In a recording of air traffic control communications, the pilot of the 767 says, “I think we hit the RJ (regional jet) off of our left wing.”
“Did he hit you with his tail, his wing?” the air traffic controller asks.
The pilot of the smaller aircraft replies: “Absolutely he did.”
The crash between two airliners on a taxiway at Boston’s Logan International Airport was upgraded from an “incident” to an “accident” on Friday by federal investigators, prompting the involvement of the National Transportation Safety Board.
One person was taken to a hospital after the wing of a large moving passenger jet clipped the tail of a smaller aircraft in front of it at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
An incident is considered an accident when there is a loss of life or severe damage, and in this case at least one plane suffered severe damage.
Both planes were taken out of service with visible damage. The wing tip of the larger aircraft was bent while the smaller jet’s tail was crumpled and bent.
The Federal Aviation Administration will assist the NTSB on the investigation.
Investigators will review recordings of the flight data and cockpit recorders in both jets, as well as recordings of air traffic control conversations and ground radar. They also will interview crew members on both planes, review weather at the time of the accident and conduct physical inspections of both aircraft, Peters said.
The probe could also include drug and alcohol testing.
Contact between airliners on taxiways and runways is rare.
Two airplanes coming in contact in this manner on a taxiway is not a real common occurrence, We see it more often on ramps, with what is called swapping paint.
The only other incident he could think of occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in April when the left wing of a massive Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet flown by Comair, spinning the smaller plane nearly 90 degrees. No one was injured.
Authorities say the wing of a large moving passenger jet clipped the tail of a smaller stationary aircraft on a taxiway Thursday. Both aircraft sustained damage and were taken out of service.
An airline spokesman says the incident involved Delta Flight 266 from Boston to Amsterdam which hit the vertical stabilizer of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 4904, also on departure from Boston to Raleigh-Durham.
An airport spokesman said one person was treated at a hospital after complaining of neck pain.
Passengers described feeling a sharp jolt, followed by crying and screaming.