In New York, no free lunch but plenty of complimentary winglet clipping (Update)

380CRJstrikemosaic2.jpgAn Air France A380 strikes and rotates a Delta Connection CRJ700 at New York JFK. Screenshots from NBC.



Delta CRJ1000 with A380 wingtip.jpgThe port wingtip of an Air France A380 lodged in a Delta Connection CRJ700′s horizontal stabilizer, screenshot from ABC.



New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport carries the slogan “Where America greets the world.” How, exactly, does America do this?

By clipping winglets.

An Air France A380 became the latest victim on Monday night as F-HPJD was taxiing from terminal one for takeoff. En route it passed Delta’s terminal complex and clipped the tail of a Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ-700, N641CA, to be exact, NYC Aviation says (they also have pictures). That impact managed to rotate the CRJ a full 90 degrees, as captured in the above photos and video below. The upper half of the A380′s edge of wing device, which for all you winglet connoisseurs is technically a wingtip, was lodged in the CRJ’s left horizontal stabilizer.

LiveATC.net captured the recording of the flight deck and ground control communications before and after the incident (free registration required). We hear controllers give taxi instructions to Air France 7 Super and then later the controller calling for emergency personnel to the intersection of taxiways alpha and mike. We hear the controller say the CRJ conducted an evacuation while requesting the A380 to shut down its engines.

The Air France pilot was very suave, responding to the controller’s offer of assistance by saying, “No, we are just waiting for someone from the company from the ground.”

In 2006 a Qantas 747-400 hit the blast fence at JFK, damaging its wing. After a trip to the hangar, VH-OEE emerged sans-starboard winglet. The aircraft was patched up by Boeing and returned to Australia three weeks after the incident. (Click here for photos.)

Another 747-400, this time belonging to Air China, had a winglet incident with a Delta aircraft in 2007, also at JFK.

After escaping New York’s mobsters, you thought your aircraft could leave the Big Apple without a scrape? Fuhgeddaboudit.





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8 Responses to In New York, no free lunch but plenty of complimentary winglet clipping (Update)

  1. Paul-Henri 12 April, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    “New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport carries the slogan “Where America greets the world.” How, exactly, does America do this?

    By clipping winglets.

    An Air France A380 became the latest victim on Monday night as F-HPJD was taxiing from terminal one for takeoff”
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    OK as it was the A380 that was moving and not the RJ exactly how is the A380 the “victim”?

  2. Paulo M 12 April, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Look at how it just pushes away the defenceless little thing, very rude.

    Luckily, no one was hurt – or drinking coffee (or in the loo)…

  3. Hank 12 April, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Air France behind on their protection payments?

    “Nice plane you got there Cap’n. Be a shame if something was to happen to it…”

  4. G. Chan 12 April, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Is this a A-380 or a A-340. I don’t see the 2 rows of windows

  5. Will Horton 13 April, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    The A380 was, figuratively, the victim as that was the aircraft that had its winglet clipped and the post was in the context of clipped winglets.

    That’s not to say the CRJ700 wasn’t a victim. If anything, it was a greater victim ;-)

  6. ken 13 April, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I think the A380 was thinking might is right. To me seems to be taxing to fast and not paying attention to what is going on around it. Even if given clearance to proceed you must keep watch as what is going outside in the real world which may be different to what the atc controller thinks is happening. Iv’e been done for being over 20mph in a van on the ramp but seen aircraft taxing way over that. At high weight ie departing the tyres are under more load and stress than landing so taxi slowly to stop heat build up and pending blow out plugs deflating the tyre. In my view crew of A380 100% at fault.

  7. Kush Chawla 14 April, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    very unusual and serious ground incident irrespective of the size of an aircrafts involved. The two aircraft typically carries a lot of passengers and would definitely would have come to them as a shock to be involved under such circumstances. The evr expanding operations and the pressures are apparent while working on such a big airport and the ever ending paper work including investigation would only leave the crew further flustered. Important is to learn the lesson and try to not have a repeat of such an incident which is quite unnecessary in such challenging times. The ground personnel is who would exactly play an important part with ATC and crew chipping in further having impetus on clear communication. One simple rule was clearly overlooked, when in doubt ask and exercise caution during a congestion. The results will come in later however this kind of resources wasted on a situation which could have been possibaly be avoided has to be looked in. We need to enforce the safety environment at the airports to send out the right signals from the industry.

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