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Two United Airlines Planes Clip Wings at Washington Dulles After Landing

Both firefighters and airport personnel responded to the scene to check for potential fuel leaks and other damage

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.

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