Frustrating day of delays at Newark Liberty International Airport

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NEWARK -

Saturday was a frustrating day for some travelers at Newark Liberty International Airport as the wintry mix and an incident with a taxiing plane caused thousands to be delayed.

At around 8 a.m. a taxiing flight headed to Fort Lauderdale clipped wings with a parked airplane headed to Nashville. No one was injured and passengers had to deplane.

The Fort Lauderdale flight was delayed five hours. The Nashville flight was canceled.

A spokesperson with Southwest Airlines released a statement saying: “There is no higher priority for us than safety and we thank our customers for their understanding as we apologize ahead of their delayed travel. The aircraft are out-of-service for review.”

The wintry weather compounded the headaches. By Saturday evening, there had been a total of 368 delays, and 37 flights had been canceled.

 

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