Injured woman details planes colliding on taxiway

The wing of a Delta jet has clipped the tail of an aircraft

July 15, 2011 8:42:27 AM PDT
The wing of a Delta jet clipped the tail of an aircraft that provides regional air service for the carrier while both planes were on the taxiway and preparing to fly out of Boston on Thursday evening, forcing officials to remove them from service for inspections. The crash sheared off the tip of the Delta Boeing 767, Flight 266 bound for Amsterdam, and crumpled part of the tail of Delta Connection Flight 4904, a smaller regional jet bound for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"We feel like a shake, I thought we ran something over ... next thing you know there was flashing lights outside," one passenger said.

"We were taxing pretty slowly, then then we just felt a huge bump, like its terrifying, like what happened, everyone wanted to know what happened," another passenger said.

Boston Logan International Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella says only one person complained of injuries after the crash.

"I was actually asleep when it happened, but I was woken up by this God awful crash and the first thing I thought was I was in a car accident," passenger Paula Cummins said.

Cummins says she was sitting at the back of the smaller plane on the same side that was struck by the larger jet.

"Initially, I was thrown forward because I was sound asleep, I was turned sideways leaning up against the side of the plane," Cummins said.

Within five minutes, she says, she started experiencing symptoms that something was wrong.

"I kept getting numbness up and down my arms into my fingertips and it kept getting worse," Cummins said.

About that time, the flight staff let passengers know that EMS responders were there. Although Cummins says she was reluctant to say anything about her injury, she eventually did and she was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with whiplash.

Seventy-four passengers and three crew members on the RDU bound flight spent Thursday night in Boston and were put on another flight Friday morning.

Cummins says Delta was very helpful throughout the whole ordeal and while she was a little nervous for her flight Friday morning, she does not blame the airline for what happened.

"It wasn't that it was a problem with the plane," she said. "It was an accident, it happens. It could have been two cars. You know, I'm still alive, that's all that matters to me."

And her mom who was waiting to pick her up at RDU Friday agrees.

"I feel good, as you can see, I mean the tears came to me, I mean that's the only daughter I have," Cummins mother Gloria Bellegarde said.

Atlanta-based Delta says both aircraft have been removed from service for inspections. Passengers are being put on other planes.

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