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 February 13, 2023

Plane crashes into bus on runway, five injured

A plane crashed into a passenger bus on Friday night on the runway of the Los Angeles International Airport, injuring five people.

The American Airlines plane was being towed Friday night when it struck the bus.

The airport's response

“A jet being towed tonight from a gate to a parking area made contact with a shuttle bus, resulting in injuries to about 5 people," the airport said.

"We thank our partners @LAFD for quickly responding and treating passengers from the bus. Other LAX operations remain normal,” it added.

The fire department's statement

"An airfield shuttle bus was involved in a low-speed collision with an aircraft being towed on the ground, resulting in 5 patients receiving LAFD EMS care and 4 being transported by LAFD ambulance to nearby hospitals," the Los Angeles Fire Department said in its response.

"The tug driver was transported in moderate condition, the bus driver and two passengers were transported in fair condition, and the sole person aboard the plane (worker) was treated, but declined transport," it added.

The airplane did not have passengers on board at the time, with all of the injuries involving people on the bus.

The FAA is investigating the crash, according to reports regarding the incident.

The crash follows a near collision last week in Austin, Texas, involving a FedEx cargo plane and a Southwest Airlines flight that was captured in a frightening video shared online.

The FedEx plane was cleared to land after another plane was already approved to taxi along the runway for takeoff. The two planes came within 1,000 feet of one another before the cargo plane aborted its landing.

The concerning situation could have been a fatal incident, as 128 people were on board the flight. The recent situations highlight the importance of airport safety and the vital work by airline workers to keep America's flights free from disasters.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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