Video: Close calls at airports

updated 10/31/2006 9:09:58 PM ET 2006-11-01T02:09:58

A Lufthansa Boeing 747 taxiing away from a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport clipped wings with another plane being towed to a hangar for service Tuesday evening, according to the head of the airport's air traffic controllers union.

The outbound Lufthansa flight clipped the right wing of a Continental Boeing 757 under tow for maintenance, said Russ Halleran, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association local at the airport.

The collision took place shortly before 7 p.m., Halleran said.

None of the Lufthansa flight's 291 passengers and 17 crew members were injured in the collision, which took place on a taxiway, according to Lufthansa spokeswoman Jennifer Urbaniak.

The flight was bound for Frankfurt, Germany. The Lufthansa plane returned to the gate and the airline was making arrangements for the passengers to take another flight, Urbaniak said.

Spokesmen for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, and the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return calls on the incident.

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