An Attempted Merger Of A Different Sort?
Northwest Airlines is investigating who screwed up in allowing
two airliners to clip wings at a gate at Minneapolis St.-Paul
International Airport Sunday evening.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Northwest flight 45, an
Airbus A330-300 arriving at around 1600 local time to gate G8 from
Amsterdam, clipped the wing of another Northwest A330 sitting empty
at gate G9.
Airport officials reported no injuries on either aircraft or on
Northwest Airlines spokeswoman Kristin Baur said the incident
forced the 296 passengers arriving from Amsterdam to disembark onto
the tarmac via a portable staircase instead of the jet bridge.
FOX-9 of Minneapolis reported the other plane, destined for
Paris, was delayed two and a half hours due to the clipping.
Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan said both
planes had some damage to the wing tip and that preliminary
indications do not point to drugs, alcohol or weather as factors in
the incident. Hogan said it appears the flight from Amsterdam was
off-center when it was being guided into its gate.
Federal Aviation Administration was contacted according to
Hogan, and federal authorities will decide whether the FAA or the
National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Make/Model: A330 Description:
Date: 06/08/2008 Time: 2042
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: MINNEAPOLIS State: MN Country:
N819NW, NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 45, AN AIRBUS 330-323
PULLING INTO THE GATE THE WINGTIP STRUCK A PARKED
AIRCRAFT, NO INJURIES
REPORTED, DAMAGE NOT REPORTED, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 0 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: 1853Z 19004KT 10SM SCT029 23/17 A2967
Activity: Business Phase:
Taxi Operation: Air Carrier
FAA FSDO: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Entry date: 06/09/2008