Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport

Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport

"A surge in flights at JFK Airport, produced by the rescheduling of delayed flights, combined with the effects of the winter storm, which severely disabled equipment, has resulted in terminal operators and airlines experiencing delays in getting planes and their passengers into their gates", the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said in a statement.

JFK logged over 350 cancellations on Friday and another 53 as of 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

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

A China Southern plane being towed along the tarmac at JFK airport clipped the right tail end of a Kuwait Airways plane early Saturday morning.

Massive delays, walls of people in terminals, complaints of hours-long waits to get to a gate after landing, then hours more to get checked baggage were some of the cries of the stranded passengers, who took to the social media, to vent out their anger.

Kuwait Airways tweeted in Arabic that their plane was made inoperable due to the crash.

Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport
Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport

Passengers aboard Air China, who were stranded for hours at the airport tarmac, deplaned after getting a small respite from the travel chaos. The airline said it was working with authorities in NY to investigate.

State media of Kuwait reported that all passengers were safe and were shifted to a hotel until further notification about their depature from the United States (US).

An engine malfunctioned as an American Airlines flight to Dallas was on the taxiway at Mineta San Jose International Airport early Friday, forcing the 737 to return to the gate, officials said.

Gates that handle global flights reached capacity, causing some planes to be held on the tarmac before terminal gates would be available. "Our flight was just one of many that landed, but without a gate assigned". "Unfortunately for passengers at JFK tonight, they have plenty of company", the service tweeted.

The Port Authority told the Daily News that much of the chaos is affecting the global terminal and Terminal 4. But the airport's gates aren't high enough to reach the plane's doors. One traveler even posted a video of a fellow passenger playing violin at their gate to pass the time.

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