A Broward County, Florida airplane carrying 162 passengers crashed into a parked plane Monday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, news sources indicate. The park aircraft was unoccupied at the time of the crash, and reports thus far indicate that no one was injured. An investigation remains ongoing, and as of now no criminal charges have been pressed.
Reports say the accident occurred around 10:00 Monday evening at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County. A Spirit Airlines Airbus A-320, carrying 162 passengers, touched down at the airport and struck the side of a U.S. Airways Airbus-320, which was parked away from the boarding gate, reports say. News sources say none of the passengers aboard the Spirit Airlines aircraft were hurt. The Spirit Airlines aircraft has since been returned to full service. The U.S. Airways aircraft, on the other hand, sustained a gash on its tail wing.
The U.S. Airways airplane had been parked in an area away from the airport’s boarding gate prior to the crash. Reports do not specify whether it was parked too close to the runway at the time of the collision or whether anyone was at fault. A spokesperson from the airport said this type of accident occurs somewhat often. “At FLL I would say we have aircraft-to-aircraft contact several times a year, usually minor damage,” he said.
Small aircraft crashes are far more common than commercial aircraft accidents, and they also involve unoccupied vehicles on occasion. In September 2012, two Okeechobee County men were injured in just such a crash while they were taking turns taking off and landing a LC42 single-engine aircraft for practice. One of the men ended up crashing the small plane into an unoccupied truck during a tricky takeoff, causing some to question the safety of the design of the airport and the possibility that the truck should not have been parked where it was.
In more accident-related news, two people were injured Monday in a Broward County, Florida car accident when a driver lost control and veered into a tree, news sources indicate. The driver and passenger, neither of whom was identified in public reports, were taken to the Broward General Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. It is not clear what their current status is. An investigation into the accident is ongoing; so far it is unclear what exactly caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Reports say the accident occurred sometime Monday morning on Rock Island Road, near the intersection of Holly Drive. At some point, the driver lost control of the vehicle; it veered off the street and collided with a tree. Reports say the force of the impact ejected both unrestrained occupants from the car. The vehicle caught fire shortly after the collision, reports say.
Paramedics rushed both victims to the Broward General Hospital, one by air and the other by ground, sources say. It is unclear whether their injuries were life-threatening. An investigation into the accident is ongoing; so far, the FHP has not stated whether speed or alcohol are suspected to have been factors.