JetBlue A321 damaged in collision with tugboat in San Francisco

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Officials at the international airport San Francisco have confirmed that an Airbus A321 of JetBlue scheduled to fly to Boston was struck by a ground support vehicle, damaging its left engine.

Flight JBU534 JetBlue Airwaysoperated by an Airbus A321 registered N947JB, had just carried out a pushback maneuver from the SFO boarding gate when it was struck by a tug. Photos and videos shared on social media show the ground support vehicle stuck under the left engine of the plane, in the presence of emergency vehicles. The A321, which suffered damage at the left engine, was then returned to the boarding gate where its passengers were disembarked. A JetBlue spokesperson said affected passengers were offered alternative flight optionsalthough the flight was ultimately rescheduled to a A320 smaller, which did not leave San Francisco until almost 11 hours later.

JetBlue confirmed the incident: “On Monday, November 6, JetBlue Flight 534 was involved in a pushback tractor accident just after departing from the gate. » “All customers have disembarked and are being offered other flight options,” continues the press release. “No injuries have been reported. Safety is JetBlue’s first priority; we are looking into this incident and the aircraft has been taken out of service for inspection. » The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that no one on the ground or on board the plane was injured.

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