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article imageJumbo jet hits smaller plane at JFK Airport

By Lynn Curwin     Apr 12, 2011 in Travel
New York - Video footage has been released of a large Airbus clipping a smaller plane, and spinning it, on the runway at JFK Airport.
No one was injured when the Air France A380 struck the tail of a Comair CRJ-700 with its left wing on Monday.
"This collision caused only material damage," The Guardian quoted an Air France spokeswoman as saying. "The two aircraft have been immobilised and the passengers were given accommodation or placed on [other] flights."
The A380, which has a wingspan of almost 80 metres, had about 500 passengers on board when it struck the 70-seat Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 and spun it a quarter turn.
"It was pretty damned scary," Poppy Lawton, 29, of London, who was on the smaller plane, told the New York Daily News. "You could hear things breaking, almost like glass breaking."
A passenger identified only as Jennifer told the paper that, "If ever there was an advert for keeping your seat belt on once you've landed, this was it."
The CRJ-700 had just landed from Boston, and was a connection to JFK for many London passengers. The Airbus had been scheduled to fly to France.
CNN reported that their correspondent Jim Bittermann, who was on the Air France flight, said that "he felt a slight rumble -- akin to hitting a patch of rough pavement -- as his plane was moving on the ground."
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