A small commuter plane was literally spun around when its tail section was clipped by the wing of an Airbus A380, the world’s biggest commercial passenger jet. Air France Flight 7 bound for Paris was taxiing out to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night while Comair Flight 6293 was taxiing to its gate having just landed from Boston. The Airbus touched the tail section at 8:09pm and a video clearly shows the Comair being spun about. There were no injuries. Kennedy is one of the busiest airports in the United States.
Both jets were being towed to a ramp area for inspection and the extent of the damage remains unknown.
Jim Bitterman, a reporter for CNN was actually on the Air France flight when the Airbus clipped the other plane.
Bittermann said that he felt a slight rumble — akin to hitting a patch of rough pavement — as his plane was moving on the ground Monday at about 8:15 p.m.
Looking out the window, Bittermann could see that the last foot or so of the Airbus 380’s left wing had been damaged. The other plane also suffered some damage.
"You could see the part of the 380’s wing hanging down from the horizontal stabilizer of the Delta jet," he said, having seen the damage firsthand from a seat on the larger plane’s left side.
Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet Clips Tail Of Another Plane While Taxiing At JFK Airport
[Wtahc carefully. This amateur video clearly shows the Comair plane being easily spun around by the huge Airbus.] (no sound)
Comair is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines headquartered on the grounds of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in unincorporated Boone County, Kentucky, United States, west of Erlanger, and south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Operating under the brand name Delta Connection, Comair operates passenger services to a large number of destinations in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.
Wikipedia: Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. The largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France, and made its first commercial flight on 25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines. The aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX during much of its development phase, but the nickname Superjumbo has since become associated with it.
The A380’s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, and its width is equivalent to that of a widebody aircraft. This allows for an A380-800’s cabin with 5,146 square feet (478.1 m2) of floor space; 49% more floor space than the current next-largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400 with 3,453 square feet (320.8 m2), and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in all-economy class configurations. The A380-800 has a design range of 15,200 km (8,200 nmi; 9,400 mi), sufficient to fly from New York to Hong Kong for example, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h or 560 mph at cruising altitude).
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