Orlando-bound flight clipped by another United jetliner at New Jersey airport

Collison reported at Newark Liberty International Airport

NEWARK, N.J. – An Orlando-bound commercial flight was clipped by another jetliner Friday at an airport in New Jersey, prompting an investigation, officials said.

The two United Airlines aircraft collided at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was injured in the incident, according to United Airlines, which later issued a statement.

An Orlando-bound United Airlines aircraft was clipped by another United Airlines jetliner Friday at an airport in New Jersey. (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

“The wing of a United aircraft parked at a gate was clipped by another United aircraft, without passengers onboard, while parking at the next gate. Passengers on the first aircraft deplaned normally. We booked our customers onto rescheduled flights on different aircraft,” the airline said.

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Rebecca Blum, who was on the plane headed from Newark to Orlando, told abc7ny.com that she felt a “jolt” and heard a noise.

The pilot then came on the overhead speaker and calmly said, “Obviously, our wing has been clipped.”

The FAA said the left wing of a Boeing 757-200 was struck by a Boeing 787 aircraft, which was being relocated by a tug.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Aircraft Rescue Firefighting team responded, as it does for all aviation emergencies at Port Authority airports, officials said.

The federal agency will investigate the collision.

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