Wed, Nov 16, 2011
No Injuries, But Questions On How It Could Happen
Officials with the FAA, DFW International Airport's Department
of Public Safety and American Airlines are all trying to figure out
how an incoming flight from Charlotte, using an automated docking
system to pull up to a gate, had its wing strike a fire truck
parked in a designated fire lane last Thursday.
The local NBC TV affiliate reports Flight 611 (similar plane
shown) was carrying a passenger who, according to witnesses on
the plane, began exhibiting diabetic symptoms. Emergency responders
waiting at the gate had with them a fire truck. As the plane turned
to approach the gate, it reportedly scraped the truck's ladder with
its wing, damaging both the MD-80 and the truck.
There were no injuries reported, and the patient was described
as alert and talking as emergency medical technicians reached him.
The crew reportedly treated the incident as if it was all in a
day's work. 17-year-old James Markus, a passenger on the plane,
told NBC that as the passengers deplaned, the crew simply said,
"'Oh, thanks for flying. Hope you had a good flight.' It was
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