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SAS plane loses part of wing in Newark collision

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SAS plane loses part of wing in Newark collision
07:37 CEST+02:00
A plane from Scandinavian airline SAS carrying 253 passengers lost part of its wing when it collided with another aircraft at Newark airport outside New York on Wednesday.

The SAS plane, which was set to fly to Oslo, was taxiing to the runway for take-off when the accident took place. Local news outlets report that there were no injuries among the passengers of either plane.

The SAS plane's wing took off the tail fin of the other plane, according to NBC news. SAS spokeswoman Elisabeth Manzi said she as yet had no further details to share.

"When the plane left the gate to make its way to the runway, our plane somehow came in contact with another plane," she told the TT news agency.

"It's not the case that they collided head-on."

The Oslo-bound plane was driven back to the gate, while the United Airlines ExpressJet Embraer 145 was towed back to the terminal. According to United, the aircraft's 31 passengers were able to leave the plane without further incident.

SAS said that 71 of its passengers had been flown to Copenhagen, instead, while the remaining 171 were awaiting news if the wing could be repaired quickly enough for them to reboard the same plane.

"If we can't get our plane up in the air we'll rebook them on other flights," said Manzi.

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