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Old Dec 23, 14, 11:33 am
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Incident at LGA -- WN aircraft loses winglet to AA

Saw this on NYT: https://twitter.com/Ari_Be_Free/stat...25079517519872

NYT reporter on WN flight says aircraft had wing clipped by AA plane; photo of ramper holding winglet...
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Old Dec 23, 14, 11:41 am
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This sort of thing happened to me once when I was on a Tower Air 747 that clipped a AA MD-80's tail at SJU while taxiing. I swear our pilot was drunk It just added a really long delay as the FAA investigated. After several hours we got loaded back on the 747 and flew to JFK. Not sure what happened to the AA plane.
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Old Dec 23, 14, 1:38 pm
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Old Dec 23, 14, 1:59 pm
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Did the pilots trade contact and insurance information?
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Old Dec 23, 14, 2:23 pm
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Did the pilots trade contact and insurance information?
…put their flashers on and pull to the side of the tarmac?
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Old Dec 24, 14, 8:36 am
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OUCH!
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Old Dec 24, 14, 11:39 am
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They did not lose it. They know where it is.
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Old Dec 24, 14, 5:07 pm
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I noticed that over on airliners the usual suspects there have already completed their investigation in all of about 28 seconds and decided that Southwest is 100% at fault due to reckless operations.

It's entirely possible that it was their fault but it seems that people are really quick to jump to such conclusions whenever WN has a bump, scratch, or skids off a taxiway in wet or icy conditions but when it happens to any other airline it was just an unfortunate accident.
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Old Dec 24, 14, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by alggag View Post
I noticed that over on airliners the usual suspects there have already completed their investigation in all of about 28 seconds and decided that Southwest is 100% at fault due to reckless operations.

It's entirely possible that it was their fault but it seems that people are really quick to jump to such conclusions whenever WN has a bump, scratch, or skids off a taxiway in wet or icy conditions but when it happens to any other airline it was just an unfortunate accident.
The airline would do better without the bunker mentality:

American spokesman Joshua Freed said in an email that the airline's plane "was taxiing with the help of ground personnel walking near each wingtip." Southwest refused to say if the airline also had workers on the tarmac assisting its pilots, or if that was required by company policy.
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Old Dec 24, 14, 7:07 pm
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…put their flashers on and pull to the side of the tarmac?
Then wait for AAA to come and tow.
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Old Dec 25, 14, 3:27 pm
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I love the ramper posing for a picture with his part of the winglet!
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Old Dec 25, 14, 11:24 pm
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Did the pilots trade contact and insurance information?
"Do we really need to get the insurance companies involved? It's just a scratch, it'll buff right out."
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Old Dec 27, 14, 6:26 am
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At least it wasnt a hit and run
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Old Dec 27, 14, 6:41 pm
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Hope Santa delivered more Thingies to WN!
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