Two Airliners Bump On Ground During De-Icing

December 28, 2010

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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.