FAA investigating after Southwest plane’s wingtip clips another plane’s tail at Midway Airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a collision that resulted in no injuries between two Southwest Airlines flights on a Midway Airport taxiway on the city’s Southwest Side.

Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, Southwest Flight 654 was preparing to depart to Birmingham, Alabama, when the plane’s wingtip hit the horizontal stabilizer on the tail of another Southwest plane at a neighboring gate, according to the airline.

The other plane was Flight 751, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said, and according to the website FlightAware, it had just arrived from Washington, D.C.

No injuries were reported, and all passengers were deplaned, Southwest said. The 144 customers on the flight to Birmingham were moved to another plane.

The two Boeing 737s will undergo inspection before future flights, Molinaro said.

sfreishtat@chicagotribune.com

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