Two Airliners Bumped Against Each Other, Its Flights Cancelled

On Dec. 28, officials said two commercial airliners operated by US Airways and Republic Airways bumped during routine de-icing in St. Louis forcing them back to their gates for inspection.

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert-St. Louis airport, said that one plane, an Embraer E175 headed to Philadelphia, was on the de-icing platform when its tail was touched by the main wing of an Airbus A319 bound for Charlotte, NC, which was getting in line to be de-iced.

Hamm-Niebruegge said the Embraer’s rear wing had some minor damage and passengers were taken off the plane.

There were no injuries, a US Airways spokeswoman said. Both flights were later cancelled, she added. She identified the Philadelphia flight as operated by Republic and the Charlotte plane by US Airways.

The Embraer E-170 and E-175 are powered with GE CF34-8E engines of 62.28 kN thrust each. The Embraer 170 prototype was rolled out on Oct. 29, 2001, with first flight 119 days later on February 19. The aircraft was displayed to the public in May 2002 at the Regional Airline Association convention. After a positive response from the airline community, Embraer launched the E175. The first E-175 was delivered to Air Canada and entered service in July 2005.

The Airbus A319 is a shortened, minimum change version of the A320. With virtually the same fuel capacity as the A320-200, and fewer passengers, the range with 124 passengers in a two-class configuration extends to 3,600 nautical miles (6,700 km), the highest in its class. It is powered by the same types of engine as the A320.





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