Julian Bray writes: Some people might like to think twice before booking a festive Christmas flight on American Airlines or Southwest Airlines, without asking for extra parking space or booking a window seat.
It seems that at New York's LaGuardia Airport, earlier today, two state of the art (with Parking assist) fully laden Boeing jet aircraft managed to collide, one ripped the wingtip off the other.
Bemused passengers hit Twitter with pictures and pithy comments. The incident happened on the taxiway, and no one was hurt although a complete 'winglet' is probably now hanging as a trophy over the flight mess fireplace. A Moose after all is so last year.
The American Airlines Flight 1104 out of Dallas, Texas was heading for its gate just before 11 a.m. as the Southwest Airlines Flight 449 to Denver was in the process of departing.
What is known as the left winglet - an upright extension or fin at the end of a wing a device thought to improve airflow and fuel efficiency - was sheared off the Southwest plane after it made contact with the American jet's left horizontal stabilizer, part of the tail.
If it is any consolation, to the Americans, a few years back at London Gatwick Airport, A BAE 1-11 wet leased from TAROM ((Romania) by a UK holiday airline British Island Airways to cope with the increased Summer Schedule, managed to land their Romanian built 1-11 aircraft on a taxiway forcing a departing British Airways jet to end up buried deep in the grass verge.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority pulled all the Romanian Pilot Licences. Meanwhile it emerged that BIA Ops. had tagged the 3 Taroms: Muppet 1, Muppet 2 & Muppet 3. Some things never change! Merry Christmas. The Muppets have now returned to the good ol' USA!
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