Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ190
Event Type: Incident
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Aircraft Operator: JBU-JetBlue Airways
Flight Number: JBU891
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61
N273JB JETBLUE FLIGHT JBU891 EMBRAER ERJ190 AIRCRAFT WHILE PARKED AT GATE, WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE, NO INJURIES, PERSONS ON BOARD DEPLANDED, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT UNKNOWN, EAST BOSTON, MA
BOSTON —A van struck a JetBlue plane that was parked at a Logan International Airport gate in Boston early Friday morning.
Passengers were on board Flight 891 when the van rolled into it, according to Chaz Hallock, who was on the plane.
"I thought something with the gate had disconnected," Hallock said. "It was hard to figure out what was really happening. That's when I looked out the window and I saw this van and a gentleman on the ground, and I saw other people chasing the van."
Hallock said the plane shook when it was struck by the van. Damage could be seen to one of the plane's wings.
State police said the driver of a Swiss Port delivery van was driving near Gate C 11 when he failed to put the vehicle in park before he got out of the van. When he realized the van was moving, he tried to stop it as it rolled toward the plane.
“This attempt was unsuccessful, and the operator fell to the ground. The van struck the wing of the JetBlue aircraft, causing damage to the aircraft and the van,” State Police said in a statement.
The van operator was injured, police said.
A second Swiss Port employee who was in the area was then able to regain control of the van. State Police personnel responded to the scene.
“(The van) rolled underneath the airplane, and luckily they got it to stop before it hit another airplane,” a crew member told passengers.
The incident happened as the plane was about to depart for Tampa.
"The plane did sustain damage and has been taken out of service. Massport Fire and Rescue and the Massachusetts State Police responded. The cause of the incident remains under investigation," Massport said in a statement.
Passengers on the flight were accommodated on a different aircraft, JetBlue said.
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BOSTON (CBS) – A van hit and damaged a JetBlue plane at Logan Airport early Friday morning.
Flight 891 was due to leave Logan at 6:45 a.m. for Tampa, Florida, but after passengers boarded the jet, it was struck by a vehicle.
JetBlue spokeswoman Paula Acevedo said a “ground operations vehicle came into contact with the aircraft.”
According to Massport spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan, the van struck “a section” of the parked jet, but no one was hurt.
“Big jolt the plane went up and down. I was in front the captain jumped up and (originally) said they thought it was a landing gear collapse but then they quickly realized we were hit. The aircraft is being inspected for damage, ” passenger David Siles told WBZ-TV in an email.
“The issue was the truck driver got out and the vehicle re-engaged and rolled forward or was never in park. The baggage crew working the flight worked fast to stop the truck from rolling further and causing any more damage.”
In a video posted by Siles on Twitter, a flight attendant told passengers the van “rolled underneath the airplane.”
Because of the damage, “This airplane’s not going anywhere for a while,” the flight attendant said. Mehigan confirmed the plane was “taken out of service.”
Amy Petter, a Melrose native who has lived in Tampa, Florida the past four years, told WBZ she was on the breezeway about to board the plane around 5:45 a.m. when the van hit it. She says she felt everything shake.
Petter says flight attendants were running around, trying to make sure no one was hurt. One flight attendant said she hadn’t seen anything like this in her 19-year career, Petter said.
JetBlue did a good job keeping people calm and explaining the situation, Petter says.
“The cause of the incident remains under investigation,” she said in a statement.
Siles told WBZ he and the other passengers then boarded a replacement flight, and Petter added that the plane took off at about 7:15 a.m.
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