Denver-bound plane collides with another on tarmac in Phoenix

Two passenger jets clipped their wingtips in a minor ground collision close to a Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport terminal.

On Thursday, the wings of two planes at a Phoenix airport collided, causing damage to both aircraft and a temporary delay at the facility. Statewide, Southwest Airlines has canceled roughly 250 flights, including several at LAX.

There were 163 passengers on board and a crew of six. A statement issued earlier by Frontier said its plane, an Airbus 320, "was cleared to push back from the gate..." "It felt like a speed bump more than anything else". The Frontier plane was still attached to a tug, she said.

The Frontier plane was headed to Denver, and the Southwest flight was arriving from Oklahoma City.

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Passengers on United Airlines flights traveling Friday or Saturday will be allowed to alter their flight plans without a charge in certain cities, said Maddie King, a spokeswoman for the airline. While the aircraft was being pushed back, an aircraft belonging to another airline made contact with our aircraft. FAA is investigating, according to PHX. There were no Southwest customer or employee injuries.

There were no injuries reported from the collision. Our aircraft is now out of service for repairs and the Customers who are traveling to Denver will be accommodated on another aircraft, arriving approximately 50 minutes late.

A witness to the incident - Southwest passenger Megan Whor - spoke to, saying, "It took me a second to realize what happened".

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