JetBlue, Air India planes bump at JFK

A JetBlue spokesman says a plane carrying around

A JetBlue spokesman says a plane carrying around 150 passengers bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., had become temporarily disabled due to a problem with its tow bar and was sitting near a gate when it was bumped by an Air India aircraft. (Undated file) (Credit: AP)

Federal aviation officials are investigating how a taxiing plane bumped another plane preparing for departure Saturday morning on the tarmac at Kennedy Airport.

About 6:15 a.m., the wingtip of an Air India Boeing 777 that had just landed clipped the tail of a JetBlue Airbus A320, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

No injuries were reported.

The incident occurred in the ramp area outside Gate 5 in Terminal 4. Air traffic control does not direct aircraft in that area, Bergen said.

JetBlue Flight 145 was headed for West Palm Beach, Fla., with 150 passengers, two pilots and three flight attendants aboard, JetBlue spokesman Alex Heabrick said.

"The passengers departed at 9:43 a.m. on another plane," Heabrick said.

Similar incidents have occurred at Kennedy Airport, resulting in no injuries. In April 2011, an Air France Airbus A380, a multidecked aircraft, hit the tail of a Comair Bombardier Canadian Regional Jet CRJ7.

In January 2007, the left wing of an Air China plane backing out of a gate clipped the tail of a Delta plane on the taxiway.

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