Winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour were apparently strong enough to blow the nose of a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by United Airlines — parked at a gate with no passengers or crew members on board — into a fuel tanker truck 70 feet away at Buffalo Niagara International Airport at approximately 4:15 in the morning this past Sunday, January 20, 2013.
No, the Boeing 737-900 ETOPS aircraft operated by United Airlines did not suffer from a cold — but its nose was blown anyway despite there being no tissues immediately available. FlyerTalk members have no shortage of levity here either pertaining to this incident — although there are some questions, such as
weather whether or not the aircraft was properly secured while it was parked at the gate.
The fuel tanker truck — also operated by United Airlines — did not leak as a result of the collision, but there was extensive damage to the nose cone of the aircraft.
No fatalities or injuries were reported.
Here is the story, as reported by WIVB-TV news on Channel 4 in Buffalo: