A Southwest Airlines Boeing 717-200 was rammed by a catering truck at the Milwaukee airport and damaged "substantially", according to a preliminary report posted today by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The AirTran-branded 717, registered as N894AT, was hit at the production splice joint, where the forward fuselage section is connected to the midsection of the fuselage, the NTSB says.

A catering truck driver reported that a "beverage can" became lodged behind the brake pedal, preventing the driver from avoiding the parked 717. The airline reported no injuries to 103 passengers and five flight crew as a result of the incident.

The 717-200 had logged at least 24,794 hours on 16,003 cycles, according to the Flightglobal ACAS database.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news