Two planes collide at Nashville Airport

‘Welcome to Crashville’

Joanna Whitehead
Monday 22 July 2019 12:45 BST
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The two planes have been removed from service for maintenance
The two planes have been removed from service for maintenance

Two Southwest Airlines collided on the tarmac at Nashville International Airport, resulting in one plane’s wingtip being clipped.

The incident happened when both planes were pulling back from their respective gates for take-off.

No-one was injured, although both aircraft were removed from service for a maintenance evaluation.

The planes were due to depart for St Louis, Missouri, and Atlanta, Georgia. It’s understood that passengers were transferred to other planes to continue their journeys.

One passenger onboard one of the flights posted a photograph of a damaged plane wing to Twitter, saying “Welcome to Crashville”.

In a statement to The Independent, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines said: “During pushback, the winglet of Southwest Flight 1555 with scheduled service between Nashville and St. Louis, came into contact with the winglet of Southwest Flight 4580 with scheduled service between Nashville and Atlanta.

“Both aircraft returned to the gate under their own power and were taken out of service for maintenance evaluation.

“There were no reports of injury. Each flight operated with a new aircraft to continue service to the scheduled destinations.”

Earlier this month, two planes collided at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

An easyJet aircraft crashed into a KLM plane during pushback, when an aircraft leaves the gate ready for take-off. One passenger onboard the easyJet flight, from Amsterdam to London Gatwick, said the plane’s wing was “lodged” into the KLM aircraft’s tail.

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