Delta planes clip wings on MSP taxiway

Delta planes clip wings on MSP taxiway

Delta planes clip wings on MSP taxiway

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating after the wings of two planes clipped each other on a taxiway late Thursday morning at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Authorities say the incident, which involved two Delta aircraft, happened at around 10:45 a.m.

The FAA tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Delta Flight 1460 was taxiing when its wingtip hit another Delta aircraft, flight 1104, which was pushing back from its gate. According to Delta, both planes then returned to their gates so passengers could deplane.

“It’s just a startling boom and most vibrant shake I’ve ever had on an airplane,” Troy Jackson, a passenger on one of the planes, said. “We’re taxiing and all of a sudden, [we heard] just a big, jarring bump on the runway.”

Jackson was steps away from leaving the taxiway to see family in Tucson, Ariz. when his trip took an unexpected turn.

“You could hear a pin drop right after it happened,” Jackson said. “I don’t think I ever felt like we were in danger. I think it just went through my mind that this is probably going to be a long day.”

The airline, as well as the airport spokesman, say no one was injured during the incident, which Delta says involved two A320 aircraft scheduled to leave MSP — one for Tucson International Airport and the other for Palm Beach International Airport.

The below viewer-submitted photo shows damage to a wing of one of the involved planes.

A viewer photo showing the damage of a wing tip after two Delta aircraft clipped wings shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Although field teams responded as a precaution, the airport spokesman says they didn’t need to take any action, and while nobody was hurt, the incident is one of many in recent months raising questions about safety.

“You do wonder about is there enough personnel? Do they have enough folks to man the air traffic control? That’s so critical,” Jackson said.

But he’s grateful that everyone on both planes walked away without a scratch.

“We’re all safe, and hopefully, we’ll get where we need to go eventually,” Jackson said. “I’m grateful that it was taxiing and not in a more significant time like takeoff or landing when this happened.”

A total of 287 customers were on the two aircraft, according to the airline. An MSP spokesman added passengers who were affected by the incident and need help with travel arrangements should reach out to Delta, which issued the following statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS:

“Delta teams are working to reaccommodate customers to their final destinations after a low-speed wingtip contact of two aircraft at MSP. We apologize to our customers for the resulting delay in their travels.”