Delta Aircraft Collide on Tarmac at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Two Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) planes collided on the taxiway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport yesterday, the fourth incident in four months involving the carrier’s aircraft.

Delta Flight No. 2207, which was scheduled for Minneapolis, and Flight No. 1777, headed to Atlanta, had a “taxiway incursion,” said Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly Singley. She didn’t know the full extent of the damage to the aircraft.

After the incident, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. local time, the passengers of both planes were removed and rescheduled on other Delta flights or those of another airlines last night and this morning, Kelly Singley said. No injuries were reported, said Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

“Delta’s No. 1 priority is safety,” Kelly Singley said in a telephone interview.

Earlier this month, a Delta wide-body plane struck the tail of a smaller jet from regional partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines as they prepared for takeoff from Boston’s Logan Airport.

In April, a Bombardier CRJ-700 from Delta’s Comair unit was clipped by the wing of an Air France Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, spinning the smaller plane and 66 occupants through 90 degrees.

A month later, the wing of a Delta Boeing 737 struck the tail of another at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Delta’s hometown hub.

“Each of the incidents is being looked at individually, and by no means do we believe we have a trend,” said Kelly Singley.

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