LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A commercial passenger jet and a utility truck collided on a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday afternoon, leaving eight people hurt.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reports that the collision between the single-aisle Aeromexico jet and airport supply truck occurred before 2:30 p.m. on a taxiway shortly after the plane had landed. The crash caused the truck to overturn.
Eight people — six men and two women — were hurt, All were on the truck. One of the patients was in critical condition. As of late Saturday, officials said all the patients were transported to hospitals and all were in stable condition.
There was no report of any injuries to passengers or crew aboard the plane. While deplaning, officials said one passenger complained about pain.
On Saturday evening, LAX made the following statement:
“At 2:27 p.m., Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Operations received notification of a collision between Aeromexico Flight 642 and a provisioning truck carrying 8 passengers as the aircraft taxied to its gate. LAX Airport Operations, LAX Airport Police (APD), and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) officials immediately responded to the collision and rendered aid.”
The Aeromexico plane — with 149 passengers — sustained some minor damage.
Ray Klosterman spoke to CBS 2/KCAL 9 over video chat while he waited to get off the plane.
“It was an abrupt stop, very abrupt, it was a big thump and then about two or three seconds later the plane just came to a stop,” Klosterman said.