The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into why two airplanes clipped each other on a taxiway as they readied for takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport on Wednesday.
The probe, announced Thursday in a Twitter message from the agency, was expected after the planes came in contact, leaving one with a portion of its left wing ripped away. No injuries were reported in the incident.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Scandinavian Airlines plane's left wing clipped the tail of an ExpressJet flight while the craft were on a taxiway at about 7:24 p.m. Wednesday. Images from the scene showed portions of the left wing of the Scandinavian Airlines plane torn off.
Scandinavian Airlines Flight 908, bound for Oslo, Norway, was directly behind ExpressJet Flight 4226, destined for Nashville, Tenn., on the taxiway and was turning right to get on to another taxiway when its wing clipped the ExpressJet plane's tail, officials said.