- Two Boeing airplanes collided at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, prompting an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
- The collision occurred during taxiing for departure, with the left winglet of an All Nippon Airways flight hitting the stabilizer of a Delta Air Lines flight.
- Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, and all passengers were able to deplane normally at the gate.
On Sunday evening, January 14, two aircraft collided at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with the Federal Aviation Administration reporting it would investigate the incident. The accident was on the apron, and all passengers deplaned normally at the gate with no reports of any injuries.
The story so far
According to The Independent, the two Boeing airplanes collided at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) around 18:30 Central Time on Sunday evening. On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that a plane taxiing for departure clipped another aircraft at Chicago O’Hare and that it would investigate the incident.
In a statement, a spokesperson from the FAA told the Independent that an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight was taxiing for departure when its left winglet struck the stabilizer of a Delta Air Lines flight. The spokesperson added that no injuries were reported, and the incident occurred in an area “not under air traffic control.”
Emma Johnson is a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines, and she said the collision occurred as the Delta flight “underwent final parking,” and all passengers left the aircraft at the gate. She added that Delta’s aircraft, a Boeing 717, is being evaluated by Delta’s maintenance technicians.
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A spokesperson for ANA, Nao Gunji, also confirmed all passengers deplaned and said the safety of customers and flight crew is its top priority, apologizing for the inconvenience caused to customers. The ANA aircraft involved was a Boeing 777, and Gunji said it had departed from the gate when Chicago Air Traffic Control contacted the flight crew. He added, “Upon returning to the tarmac for aircraft inspection, indications of scrapes were visible on the wingtip, and ANA is currently evaluating the details.”
Given recent events at Boeing and that both aircraft are Boeing types, it seems logical that the Independent contacted Boeing for comment. A Boeing representative said the company had no comment about the incident and directed a reporter to the FAA and the airlines involved.
While there appears to be no confirmation of the aircraft involved, looking at Flightradar24 tracking data on Sunday sheds some possible clues. ANA flight NH112 arrived at Chicago O’Hare on January 14 at 07:16 after an eleven-hour flight from Tokyo. That aircraft is a 2009 Boeing 777-300ER, registration JA784A and MSN 37950, scheduled to return to Tokyo on Sunday afternoon as ANA flight NH11. Flight NH11 was ultimately canceled, and here is the Flightradar24 tracking showing the taxiing. Today, it appears the aircraft is still in Chicago.
Sunday was a tough day for travelers in the US as a winter storm caused travel chaos across the country. At Chicago O’Hare International, 966 arriving or departing flights were delayed, while 273 were canceled.
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