Korean Air A380 Hits 2 Light Poles At LAX
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.
The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer.
The plane’s right wing was scratched, but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent.
The A380 is the world’s largest commercial airliner, carrying passengers in a double-deck configuration. It has a wingspan of nearly 262 feet.
A Boeing 747 replaced the A380 for a flight to Seoul that was scheduled for late Wednesday night. The flight was delayed 11 hours and left Thursday morning.
This is the second incident at LAX involving the A380 and the third nationwide since the superjumbos began flying in the United States, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
In February, a Qantas A380 being towed on a maintenance ramp at LAX clipped a parked Qantas Boeing 747’s wing tip. No passengers were aboard, and both aircraft were removed from service.
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