Two United Airline planes clipped wings at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Thursday afternoon in the second like incident nationally in less than a week.
Firefighters and Dulles personnel rushed to the scene but report not immediately finding any damage, fuel spills or other hazards between either plane, one carrying passengers landing from Brussels.
‘Upon arriving at the gate at Washington Dulles today, the wingtip from United flight 951 from Brussels made contact with the wingtip of a second United aircraft parked at an adjacent gate,’ United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm told the Washington Post.
‘The passengers and crew deplaned the Brussels flight. There were no passengers onboard the parked aircraft. Our maintenance team is evaluating both aircraft to determine any damage,’ she said.
No injuries were reported.
Both planes were Boeing 777s. The Federal Aviation Authority has since been notified.
The incident comes just days after two commercial jets collided at Miami International Airport causing no injuries but stranding hundreds of passengers.
Each plane sustained damage, with one having its wingtip battered and the other its tail section.
Several flights had to be delayed before authorities could move the planes which were taken out of use.
In December two commercial aircraft were similarly damaged at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport when the wingtip of one clipped the tail section of the other, which had been parked and out of service.