No injuries were reported on the London-bound flight with 276 people on board, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport.
Coleman said the airliner was being pushed back from Gate 3 at Terminal 4 when the wing struck the blast fence.
Virgin Atlantic said in a statement that the airline is working to arrange alternative flights for passengers as soon as possible.
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said the crash was a cause of “a miscalculation by the tug.”
“The VS26 departing from JFK to London Heathrow today returned to the gate after a miscalculation by the tug caused minor damage to one of its wing tips. All customers have disembarked the aircraft and our teams are working hard to get our customers on their way as soon as possible. Safety is our number one priority and we would like to apologize for the delay and any inconvenience caused.”Port Authority says no passengers were injured in the crash. The passengers disembarked the plane and boarded a bus back to the terminal, according to the Port Authority.
A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic told Sky News all customers were being booked on to other flights to Heathrow.
She said there had been "minor damage" to a wing tip 'winglet' and the aircraft is due to fly back to London later. However it will be a dead leg "positioning flight" with no passengers on board.
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