Video shows Delta and United planes collide slowly at Boston airport
Passengers in the 35-second video react in disbelief as they watch the two planes slowly get closer to each other, collide and then halt with no visible major damage.
“It hit the other plane. No wayyyy!” a passenger says in the video obtained by NBC News.
The incident did not result in any injuries, but it did delay many passengers.
The United Airlines flight was headed to Newark, New Jersey, when the end of its wing — the vertical part known as a “winglet” — clipped the tail of the other plane, United said in a statement. The Delta Air Lines plane, meanwhile, was on the airfield awaiting clearance to take off for Detroit, Delta said.
The incident followed a series of potentially much more serious near-collisions at various U.S. airports this year.
United canceled the affected flight, which was carrying 128 passengers and six crew members. Passengers got off the plane normally at the gate, and the airline rebooked them onto other flights, United said.
Delta's flight was delayed and took off more than five hours after its scheduled departure, according to Google flight data.
It was not clear how much damage the two planes sustained.
The incident unfolded slowly enough that passengers could see a possible problem developing, according to the video.
“It’s not gonna. It’s not gonna. It’s not,” a person says.
“Oh, it did,” says another.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate.
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The FAA this year noted a series of potential near-disasters at airports, including an arriving flight that came within 100 feet of a departing plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.
“While the overall numbers do not reflect an increase in incidents and occurrences, the potential severity of these events is concerning,” the FAA said in March.