Board investigates ground collision of jets at Anchorage airport

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a weekend ground collision of an Eva Airways cargo jet and an Alaska Airlines plane at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

NTSB investigator Clint Johnson said preliminary findings show that heavy, record-beaking snow falling in Anchorage early Sunday probably played a role in the incident.

The cargo plane landed about 2 a.m. in heavy snow and taxied to the terminal, Johnson said. At the same time, the Alaska Airlines flight bound for Seattle had pulled away from its gate carrying 140 passengers. The cargo jet's wing ripped a 2-foot gash in the rudder of the passenger plane. The Eva aircraft sustained minimal damage.

The Alaska plane was not moving when the incident occurred, Alaska spokesman Jack Walsh said. Mark Fang, Eva Airways' station manager in Anchorage, said it's unclear who hit whom.

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