Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport

Two Passenger Jets Collide on Tarmac at JFK Airport

East Coast airports have already been dealing with a number of delayed flights due to the powerful bomb cyclone winter storm that hit earlier in the week.

Gemma Bond, who is from the United Kingdom and was visiting New York City for a vacation, said: 'After my flight being cancelled due to JFK's closure I was very lucky to get on a later flight today which had us land at JFK at 5.50pm local time, you could see the airport and runways had masses of back log and that this wasn't going to be a quick exit.

Also on Saturday at JFK Airport, officials said a China Southern Airlines Boeing 777 touched the tail of a Kuwait Airways plane around 12:20 a.m. while the China Southern plane was being towed to a taxiway.

Both planes sustained damage but no passengers on the Kuwait-bound flight were injured.

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"Losing patience", tweeted passenger James Allen, who said he travelled on Virgin Atlantic and had to wait three hours on the tarmac before reaching the gate, then two hours in baggage claim.

More than two-thirds of those recorded were due in and out of New York City and Boston airports. The airline said it was working with authorities in NY to investigate.

No injuries among passengers were reported, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Gates that handle global flights reached capacity, causing some planes to be held on the tarmac before terminal gates would be available. Pilot saying airport control is "chaotic".

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After a 14-hour flight from Beijing, and another 7-hours stranded on the JKFairport TarMac, passengers aboard airchina Flight #CA989 are deplaning. "Is anyone there?", tweeted one passenger who had landed on a flight from Paris at 8 p.m.

Another on a different flight added: "Stranded in the airplane for more than 3 hours in #jfkairport waiting for a gate in the "capital of the world" with freezing temperatures outside starting to affect the cabin. @NYGovCuomo" said another passenger.

"People are sleeping on the ground, people are sitting on the ground. Unfortunately for passengers at JFK tonight, they have plenty of company", the service tweeted.

The flight-tracking site FlightAware reported almost 5,000 canceled flights across the United States. One traveler even posted a video of a fellow passenger playing violin at their gate to pass the time.

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The situation comes the same day an American Airlines flight had to return to the airport following takeoff after a mechanical failure.

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