2 air­lin­ers bump wings at Bob Hope Air­port

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Alan Zarembo

Two South­west Air­lines jets clipped wings Satur­day as one plane was be­ing pushed back from the ter­mi­nal at Bob Hope Air­port in Bur­bank, air­port and air­line of­fi­cials said.

No one was in­jured and the two Boe­ing 737s were taken out of ser­vice for in­spec­tion. The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 7:30 a.m. Pho­to­graphs posted on­line showed one plane’s winglet — the ver­ti­cal tip on the main wing— touch­ing the hor­i­zon­tal sta­bi­lizer at the rear of the other plane.

Air­port spokesman Vic­tor Gill said the two planes had been parked at ad­join­ing gates A-1 and A-2.

“It’s very tight quar­ters in there,” said John Cox, a former U.S. Air­ways pi­lot who runs Safety Op­er­at­ing Sys­tems, an aviation safety firm in Wash­ing­ton. “You have to be care­ful on park­ing.”

Gill said the air­port re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board.

A South­west spokes­woman said in an email that the air­line is con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal re­view and “will work with rel­e­vant agen­cies, as nec­es­sary.”

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