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American Airlines, American Eagle planes collide at LaGuardia, officials say

A photo of the scene at LaGuardia Airport

A photo of the scene at LaGuardia Airport when an American Airlines jet and an American Eagle jet collided Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2017, as the American Airlines jet was backing out of a gate. Our Plane crashed with another plane backing out in this image on Istagram by @way_carlito. An American Airlines plane hit another with its wingtip as it was backing away from its gate at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017. An American Airlines plane struck an American Eagle plane Tuesday afternoon near a terminal gate at LaGuardia Airport, officials said. There were no injuries reported after the incident about 1:40 p.m., officials said. Credit: @way_carlito via Instagram

An American Airlines plane struck an American Eagle plane Tuesday afternoon near a terminal gate at LaGuardia Airport, officials said.

There were no injuries reported after the incident at about 1:40 p.m., officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating.

American Eagle is a regional carrier for American Airlines, and the plane that was struck was being operated by an affiliate, Republic Airlines, American Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines Flight 1365, carrying 97 passengers, was pushing back from its gate at the central terminal when its wingtip hit the other plane, which was already at a gate, officials said.

Arriving Republic Airlines Flight 4548 was carrying 56 passengers and had only a few people still on board at the time of the accident, the airline said.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and have reaccommodated them on a new aircraft that is en route to Miami,” American Airlines said in its statement.

The damage was largely to a winglet on one of the planes and is not considered severe, an American Airlines representative said.

The planes were taken out of service until they could be repaired, a Port Authority spokeswoman said.

With Laura Blasey

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