China Southern Airline collided with Kuwait Airways at JFK

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The right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways airliner at New York JFK Airport early today. The accident damaged both aircrafts, according to the New York/New Jersey Port Authority.

The China Southern flight was being towed when the planes collided shortly after midnight, the FAA said. Both planes are Boeing 777s. No one was injured and all the passengers got off safely, but the collission only added to the mess.

Kuwait Airways said on Twitter that Flight 118 from New York to Kuwait was struck by the Chinese plane as it was parked before takeoff. The airline said it was working with authorities in New York to investigate. The Kuwait Airways passengers were taken to hotels as they waited for alternative flights, the airline said.

The China Southern plane didn’t have any passengers at the time, according to the Port Authority.

By Saturday evening, the Port Authority said it was still working to limit flights coming into JFK until there were enough gates available to handle the backlog. The authority was providing portable staircases and buses to deplane passengers and bring them into the terminal.

Passengers complained of lengthy waits on planes and in the terminal since Friday afternoon due to severe weather issues in the Eastern Region of the United States.

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