2 Southwest Airlines plane clip wing tips in California

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two commercial airliners clipped wing tips at the Oakland International Airport in California, but no injuries were reported.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1Q3yLNP ) Monday that a Southwest Airlines spokeswoman says a flight was headed to Orange County in Southern California Sunday night when its wing came into contact with the wing of another plane, while pushing back from the gate.

Passenger Manas Gowd tells The Associated Press he was looking out the window when the plane lurched back from the gate and he felt a "very unnatural thump." He snapped a photo, showing a rugged edge of the upturned wing.

The other plane had arrived from Phoenix earlier Sunday evening and was empty.

Both planes were taken out of service and will undergo a maintenance check.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the empty plane had come in from Phoenix.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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