Last updated: 02:29 PM ET, Mon September 14 2015

Planes Clip Each Other On LAX Tarmac

Impacting Travel | United Airlines | Rich Thomaselli | September 14, 2015

Planes Clip Each Other On LAX Tarmac

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Two things – two very big things – went bump in the night on Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport, and fortunately nobody was hurt.

An arriving United Airlines flight and a departing Alaska Airlines jet clipped each other on the tarmac near the gate area, and both aircraft were visibly damaged, officials confirmed.

Both planes were immediately taken out of service.

United Flight 1199 was arriving from Newark-Liberty International Airport and heading to Gate 73 at LAX, while Alaska Airlines Flight 543 was leaving Gate 66 and headed to Portland, Ore.

It was Alaska’s last flight of the night out of LAX; a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines said all 182 passengers were able to continue on to Portland.

“The aircraft was taken out of service for inspection,” the spokesperson said. “Alaska re-accommodated passengers on another aircraft that departed at 9:37 p.m. for Portland,” roughly an hour and 52 minutes after the original flight was scheduled to leave LAX.

Both planes were moved to hangars to assess the damage, and an investigation is underway as to the cause of the incident.

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