On Friday night, five individuals were injured in a collision between an American Airlines Airbus A321 and a shuttle bus at Los Angeles International Airport in California. The plane was being towed without any passengers and the collision happened at around 10 p.m. local time. The bus was transporting passengers between terminals when the collision occurred.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that four people were hospitalized after the collision. The tug driver, who was towing the jet, was taken to the hospital in moderate condition while the bus driver and two passengers were transported in fair condition. Only one person was on the plane, an airline worker, who received treatment at the scene but declined to go to the hospital. American Airlines stated that the airplane was not operating as a commercial flight and no customers were onboard.
A passenger bus has collided with a plane at LAX#LosAngeles #California
A passenger bus collided with a American Airlines plane which was in the process of being towed at LAX airport. pic.twitter.com/GNbVpXjhVZ
— DEFCON (@DEFCONNEWSTV) February 11, 2023
The FAA will investigate the collision and it is the latest in a series of unusual incidents that have taken place at major airports in the past month.
On February 4, two airplanes narrowly avoided a collision at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. The day before, a United Airlines Boeing 787 that was being towed clipped the wing of a parked United plane at Newark Liberty International Airport.
In January, a Delta Air Lines plane had to abort its takeoff after an American Airlines plane crossed its path at JFK Airport in New York. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has subpoenaed the pilots of the American Airlines plane involved in the JFK incident after they declined to participate in recorded interviews.
In response to the LAX incident, an LAX spokesperson commented that the aircraft was being towed from a gate to a remote parking location and made contact with a bus traveling on the south side of the airfield. Despite the collision, there were no major disruptions to airport operations.