LONDON – In the last hour, it has emerged that two United Airlines aircraft have struck each other at New York Newark Airport.
Based on data from RadarBox.com, N17133, a 24-year-old Boeing 757-200, struck N29981, a 2.6-year-old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The tweet above highlights the damage caused by the two aircraft hitting each other, with fire crews having to be deployed to deplane everyone safely.
According to AirLive.net, the Federal Aviation Administration said the following on the airline’s incident:
“The United Flight 2135 was struck by a Boeing 787, a Dreamliner, that arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa earlier in the morning.”
“The much larger plane was being relocated by a tug when it made contact with the smaller Boeing 757, parked at the gate.”
The affected passengers on United Airlines Flight 2135 are currently in the air at the time of writing, with N17128 operating the flight instead.
As mentioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), N29981, the United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operated UA187 between Johannesburg and New York Newark.
UA187 departed Johannesburg at 2159 local time before arriving in Newark at 0659 local time the next morning.
For United Airlines, it is unclear when the two aircraft will become airworthy again, as technicians will need to assess the damage and make repairs first.
AviationSource will approach United Airlines for a comment on this incident.
This is a developing story.