United aircraft clips plane parked at Liberty Newark Int'l Airport gate; no injuries

Passengers on the parked plane were deplaned normally and booked onto rescheduled flights on a different aircraft, according to United.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2023, 5:45 PM

Updated 527 days ago

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No injuries were reported when a Boeing 787 clipped the wings of an Orlando-bound United Airlines flight at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Boeing was being tugged to a different location when it clipped the left wing of the United flight while it was parked at its gate.
A few passengers posted pictures of the incident on Twitter, including Jersey City resident Tom Zuppa. Zuppa tells News 12 that the passengers deplaned normally and were booked on a different flight to Florida.
“Everyone had to have felt the thud and the collision. It was like a fender-bender feeling,” Zuppa says. “The flight crew was fantastic, so I have to say United really handled the situation well…They compensated the passengers so there's really nothing bad to say about the flight crew or the airline.”
This incident comes just two weeks after two incidents at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It was on Jan. 13 that Delta Airline pilots scrambled to brake when they were told an American Airlines jet had crossed into their path, narrowly avoiding a major disaster. The other incident happened as a JetBlue plane bumped into an unoccupied plane as it pushed back from the gate. There weren’t any injuries in either case.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident at Newark Liberty.


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