Two Airliners Bump On Ground During De-Icing
Two commercial airliners operated by US Airways and Republic Airways bumped during routine de-icing in St. Louis on Tuesday, forcing them back to their gates for inspection, officials said.
One plane, an Embraer E175 headed to Philadelphia, was on the de-icing platform when its tail was touched by the main wing of an Airbus A319 bound for Charlotte, NC, which was getting in line to be de-iced, said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert-St. Louis airport.
Hamm-Niebruegge said the Embraer's rear wing had some minor damage and passengers were taken off the plane.
There were no injuries, a US Airways spokeswoman said. Both flights were later cancelled, she added.
She identified the Philadelphia flight as operated by Republic and the Charlotte plane by US Airways.