Fuel Truck Strikes Boarded American Airlines Plane at LaGuardia
An American Airlines plane that had 172 passengers onboard was struck by a fuel truck. The fuel truck hit the winglet, the aerodynamic end part of the wing, as it was driving on the tarmac.
The flight was American Airlines 1249, scheduled to takeoff from LaGuardia at 5:55 a.m. on Friday to Miami. It was struck at 6:51 a.m. while at the gate.
American Airlines moved the passengers to another aircraft, and AA is currently fixing the aircraft that was hit by the truck.
No injuries were reported.
Incidents where a vehicle hits a plane on the tarmac are not necessarily unheard of. There are regular reports of airport service vehicles hitting the plane, or even other planes hitting each other’s wings.
Although, given that this was a fuel truck, there is obviously a hidden danger if the truck would have hit the fuel tank of the aircraft or had a worse collision.