The wingtip of a Delta Air Lines plane clipped the tail section of an American Airlines aircraft on Tuesday at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told the DailyMail.com that the wingtip of the Delta Air Lines Boeing 737, which was bound for Seattle, made contact with the American Airlines plane waiting for departure clearance.
The American plane's 'stabilizer' was clipped and the Delta aircraft 'sustained damage to the left winglet' following the incident that took place shortly after 7pm Tuesday evening.
The wingtip of a Delta Air Lines plane clipped an American Airlines aircraft on Tuesday in New York. Officials said the incident happened at the John F Kennedy International Airport shortly after 7pm. Damage to the American plane's right tail is seen above
As the Delta plane maneuvered behind the American plane, the upturned edge of its left wing appeared to have hit the horizontal stabilizer on the right side of the tail of the American airliner, the pilot told air traffic control (ATC). The damaged right tail of the American plane
Officials said the American Airlines Boeing 757 was waiting for clearance to depart for Dublin, Ireland.
As the Delta plane maneuvered behind the stationary plane, the upturned edge of its left wing hit the horizontal stabilizer on the right side of the American airliner's tail, the pilot told air traffic control (ATC).
'The Delta at our three o’clock we are pretty sure his winglet, ran into us as he passed behind us.
'We had a big jolt, and he has a big scrape on his left wing,' the pilot is heard telling ATC.
Photos taken after the incident showed a large chunk of the American plane missing from the tail's movable surface.
A Delta spokesperson told the DailyMail.com that the Delta plane was taxiing when 'the wing of flight 2503 came in contact with the tail of another aircraft'.
'The flight returned to the gate and passengers deplaned normally. We’re sorry for the inconvenience to customers,' the spokesperson said. Delta Air Lines didn't comment on the estimated cost of damage to the plane.
A spokesperson for American Airlines told the DailyMail.com that their 'maintenance team is evaluating the damage to the Boeing 757', but were unable to give an estimated cost of repairs at the time.
Delta Air Lines didn't comment on the estimated cost of damage to the plane. Officials said both planes were put out of service. Damage (pictured) to the winglet of Delta's 737 appears less severe than that on the American plane