Plane clips another aircraft on Detroit taxiway

Posted at 8:26 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 08:26:42-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) - An American Airlines plane clipped another aircraft on the taxiway at Detroit Metro Airport this morning around 6 a.m.

American Airlines confirms one of their planes, flight 1241 heading from Detroit to Dallas, returned to the gate for inspection after it struck the wing of another aircraft as it was taxiing away from the gate for takeoff. Witnesses tell 7 Action News the plane struck a Southwest Airlines aircraft.

No one was injured in the incident.

The American Airlines plane is a Boeing 737.

"We were sitting here...and all of a sudden we felt a boom, boom, boom. I was like 'oh my God, what is that?'" said Tania, one passenger on the American Airlines flight.

We're told the American Airlines passengers have now been on the plane for over an hour.

Southwest Airlines issued the following statement this morning regarding the incident:

Southwest Airlines flight 9 was in the process of being deiced this morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) when an aircraft belonging to another carrier came into contact with the Southwest aircraft’s tail area. There are no reports of injuries, and the Southwest aircraft is now out of service for maintenance. The flight was scheduled to operate from DTW to Dallas Love Field (DAL), and the Southwest Team is in the process of accommodating customers on alternate flights. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work diligently to get them safely to their final destinations.