Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Aircraft Operator: AAL-American Airlines
Flight Number: AAL1241
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT AAL1241 BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT SWA9 BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT ON TAXI TO DEICING PAD WHEN RIGHT WING OF AAL1241 STRUCK THE TAIL OF SWA9, NO INJURIES, DAMAGE TO BE DETERMINED, REGISTRATIONS NOT REPORTED, DETROIT, MI
American Airlines confirms one of their planes, flight 1241 heading from Detroit to Dallas, returned to the gate for inspection after it struck the wing of another aircraft as it was taxiing away from the gate for takeoff. The plane struck a Southwest Airlines aircraft that was being deiced at the time.
Southwest Airlines issued the following statement this morning regarding the incident:
"Southwest Airlines flight 9 was in the process of being deiced this morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) when an aircraft belonging to another carrier came into contact with the Southwest aircraft’s tail area. There are no reports of injuries, and the Southwest aircraft is now out of service for maintenance. The flight was scheduled to operate from DTW to Dallas Love Field (DAL), and the Southwest Team is in the process of accommodating customers on alternate flights. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work diligently to get them safely to their final destinations."