Southwest Airlines Planes Collide in Cargo Area at Sea-Tac Airport
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Southwest Airlines has removed two planes from service following a slow-moving collision at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday, the Seattle Times reported.
The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time Monday when one of the budget carrier's jets made contact with another in the airport's cargo area. The planes were about to be towed to gates for boarding when a Boeing 737 unexpectedly rolled forward, causing its nose and fuselage to bump the end of another plane's wing, airport spokesman Perry Cooper told the Times.
No one was injured as a result of the collision, but Cooper said the planes were removed from Southwest's rotation and remained in the cargo area for investigation and evaluation.
Cooper stressed to the Times that this type of accident "doesn't happen very often," adding that "all of the airlines are very safe about moving them around."
Experienced airplane mechanic Mike Cantrell told KIRO that "it's something that should never happen."
"No excuse whatsoever and very expensive," he added.
Meanwhile, in an email to the Times Monday, Southwest spokeswoman Emily Samuels said maintenance personnel were "working to thoroughly examine both aircraft to determine any necessary repairs to be performed prior to returning the aircraft to scheduled service."
However the budget carrier did not issue a timetable for the two jets to return to service.
Southwest is currently investigating what led to the collision.
In anticipation of delays resulting from the diminished rotation, Samuels indicated Monday that airline employees were working to assist impacted passengers at Sea-Tac.
NBC DFW provided a close up view of the accident.
A clever flight attendant passing through Sea-Tac Monday captured the unusual scene from another angle.
Monday's incident comes less than a month after two Southwest planes clipped wings at Oakland International Airport.
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