Authorities are investigating how two aircraft “made contact” on a departure taxiway Tuesday evening at Kennedy Airport, the Port Authority said.
The incident, which occurred around 7:20 p.m., involved an American Airlines Boeing 757 with 130 passengers and crew waiting to depart for Dublin and a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 with 164 aboard bound for Seattle.
No injuries were reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Delta flight was following the American 757 on Taxiway C when controllers “directed” the American flight to turn left onto Taxiway DB — while ordering the Delta flight to continue on Taxiway C.
“As the Delta flight passed behind American 290, its left wing touched the tail of American Flight 290,” the FAA said in a statement. The FAA said it is investigating.
The Port Authority, which oversees operations at the airport, said the American flight suffered damage to its left stabilizer, while the Delta flight sustained damage to its left winglet. Both aircraft returned to their terminals and were taken out of service.
Airport records indicate the American flight was delayed more than 5½ hours, finally departing at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, and the Delta flight was delayed a little less than five hours, departing the airport for Seattle at 12:28 a.m. Wednesday.