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Alaska Airlines jet bumps into another at LAX

An Alaska Airlines jet bumped into another one Monday while pulling away from a gate at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. No one was injured.
/ Source: The Associated Press

An Alaska Airlines jet bumped into another one Monday while pulling away from a gate at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. No one was injured.

An Alaska Boeing 737 carrying 117 passengers to Washington, D.C., was pushing back from its gate when its left winglet made contact with another Alaska jet, said airline spokeswoman Amanda Tobin Bielawski.

The departing plane “was backing away from the gate at very slow speed,” she said.

The winglet, a small vertical fin on the outer tip of a wing, was damaged. The second plane, a parked and empty Boeing 737, had damage to the horizontal stabilizer in its tail.

Passengers were taken off the Washington-bound plane and rebooked on other flights, she said.

Repairs to both planes will take one to two days, she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, said agency spokesman Mike Fergus.