Jumbo Jet Clips American Eagle Plane at O’Hare Airport

A Boeing Co. (BA) 747 jumbo cargo carrier clipped the tail of an American Eagle regional jet at Chicago’s O’Hare airport today as the smaller aircraft was taxiing to a gate.

No injuries were reported among the 21 passengers and crew on Eagle Flight 4265, which had just arrived from Springfield, Missouri, Mary Frances Fagan, a spokeswoman for American Eagle parent AMR Corp., said in an e-mail. Passengers were taken off the Embraer SA (EMBR3) 140 after the incident happened at 1 p.m. local time and damage is being assessed, she said.

The EVA Cargo wide-body jet, operating as Flight 661, was on a taxiway when it “made contact” with the smaller jet, said Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation. It wasn’t immediately clear whether both planes were moving at the time, or if one was stationary, she said. The incident didn’t disrupt flight operations, Pride said.

Managers at EVA’s Chicago office weren’t immediately available to comment, said a man who answered the phone and declined to give his name.

O’Hare is the second-busiest airport in the U.S. behind Atlanta, with about 67 million passengers per year, according to Airports Council International, a trade group.

The incident was similar to one last year at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when an Air France (AF) Airbus SAS (EAD) A380 superjumbo jet clipped a commuter plane operated by Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL)’s Comair unit, spinning the smaller plane about 90 degrees.

The A380 is a double-decker aircraft that can carry more than 500 passengers, making it the largest commercial jet in service.

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