Two planes bump at St. Louis airport; no injuries

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | 11:17 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — No one is hurt, but inspectors are examining two planes after a minor collision at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Lambert director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge says the planes bumped Tuesday morning as they were preparing to de-ice before takeoff. US Airways says the wingtip of one of its Airbus 319 planes bound for Charlotte, N.C., contacted the wingtip of an Embraer 175 operated by Republic Airways, a regional carrier for US Airways. The Embraer was about to fly to Philadelphia, with 78 on board; the Airbus had 113 people.

US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says both planes were returned to the gate for inspection. Hamm-Niebrugge says damage appeared to be minimal.

Still, both flights were canceled, and Wunder says US Airways was working to make new arrangements for passengers.


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