Two passenger planes bumped into each other Sunday evening on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, according to CBS Los Angeles, but nobody was hurt and the only casualties appeared to be about 340 passengers’ schedules.
United Airlines Flight 199 came into contact with an Alaska Airlines jet near Terminal 7 after landing from New Jersey. The Alaska jet was being pushed back from the gate prior to takeoff at the time.
United Airlines confirmed the incident, saying in a statement that the Alaska Airlines plane “made contact with UA199” as the flight from New Jersey was “taxing to the gate at a low speed.” The United passengers were allowed to deplane per normal at the gate following the incident, and United engineers were inspecting the aircraft.
“Alaska Airlines Flight 543 was being pushed back from the gate about 7:45 p.m. and its wingtip clipped another aircraft,” Alaska said in statement. The airline confirmed there were no injuries and said the 182 passengers on board the plane were able to depart at 9:45 p.m. local time on a different aircraft.
Passengers from both aircraft took to social media to comment on the incident, but none seemed too shaken up.
United said its plane was carrying 169 passengers and six crew.
Boeing Co. is exploring whether to open a factory in China to complete work on its top-selling 737-model jetliners, the first facility of its kind outside the U.S., according to a person familiar with the plans.
The facility would perform tasks such as painting aircraft built at Boeing’s single-aisle plant outside Seattle, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly.
Moving some tasks to China would free up production capacity for the 737, the world’s most widely flown airliner, as Chicago-based Boeing plots an increase to as many 60 planes a month from the current 42. The 737 competes with the A320 jet family from Europe’s Airbus Group SE, which is poised to inaugurate its first plant in the U.S. on Monday in Mobile, Alabama.
Boeing’s plans for China are under the spotlight because Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning a stop in Seattle later this month on his initial trip as a head of state to the U.S. Such official visits frequently yield a haul of aircraft order announcements from China’s carriers.
“To succeed in today’s competitive environment, Boeing is always looking for
opportunities to support our growth plans and productivity improvements,”
Boeing said in response to queries about the new 737 facility. While Boeing said its overseas partners include China, “we do not comment on options we may be exploring.”
Boeing has responded to growing demand for single-aisle jets with the accelerating tempo at the factory in Renton, Washington, that now builds all its 737s. Airbus’s Alabama plant will be its fourth making the A320.
Boeing’s talks for a 737 completion and delivery center were first reported by Flightglobal in May.
A Ceiba Intercontinental Boeing 737-800, registration 3C-LLY performing flight C2-71 from Dakar (Senegal) to Cotonou (Benin), was enroute at FL350 over the Senegal 45 minutes into the flight at 18:13Z when the flight path crossed with an ambulance jet, a Senegalair Hawker Siddeley HS-125 registration 6V-AIM from Ouagadoudou (Burkina Faso) to Dakar (Senegal) carrying a patient, a doctor, two nurses and three crew. The Boeing 737-800 continued their flight but diverted to their ultimate destination and home base Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) where the aircraft landed safely.
The HS-125 subsequently flew beyond Dakar crossing Dakar at FL350 and disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean, presumably crashing into the Ocean after running out of fuel. A search for the aircraft is ongoing.
On Sep 6th 2015 Senegal’s Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) indicated they suspected a midair collision may have taken place between the two aircraft, an examination of the Ceiba Boeing 737-800 has been initiated. The ANAC assumed that the HS-125 suffered a sudden decompression as result of the collision disabling everybody on board, the aircraft continued on autopilot until running out of fuel.
On Sep 8th 2015 Senegal’s Foreign Ministry reported, the foreign minister of Equatorial Guinea confirmed the Boeing 737-800 suspected to be involved in the midair collision shows wing damage consistent with a mid air collision. The ministry advised that a report from Bamako (Mali) air traffic control also suggested a collision between the HS-125 and the Boeing occurred.
The Boeing 737-800 had departed Dakar at 17:28Z, at 18:13Z on Sep 5th 2015 the Boeing 737-800 was at position N13.4 W12.25 at FL350 about to be handed over from Senegal to Mali. The aircraft subsequently overflew Cotonou at FL350 and continued straight to Malabo, about 400nm southeast of Cotonou, for a landing there at 21:40Z about 70 minutes after overflying Cotonou.
Passengers on board the 737-800 reported that they heard a strange noise about one hour into the flight. Later, as they were nearing Cotonou, the captain announced they needed to continue to Malabo for technical and security reasons.
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