American Airlines Jet Clips Concrete Pillar

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(credit: Douglas Thompson)

(credit: Douglas Thompson)

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GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – There have not been very many flight delays caused by icy weather at DFW International Airport on Monday morning, but American Airlines has had a couple unusual problems to tackle. First, they had a jet somehow end up in the mud, just off of a taxiway. Then, an arriving flight clipped a concrete pillar.

The incident happened just after 8:30 a.m. at Gate D40 in Terminal D.

According to American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller, the flight was inbound from Leone, Mexico. As it was being towed to the gate, the jet’s left wing struck a concrete pillar that supports the terminal. Douglas Thompson was a passenger on the flight, and captured a photograph after the incident occurred.

“As they made the turn to the gate, the wing clipped the concrete pillar,” Thompson said afterward. “Passengers had to wait until they got someone out, pull it out, and they moved all of us to another gate.”

No injuries were reported during this incident.

Miller said that the aircraft was scheduled to continue flying after its stop in DFW on Monday, but that has now changed. The plane is being taken out of service for an inspection and any required maintenance.

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