Air France jet clips small plane at NY JFK airport

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Air France jet clips small plane at NY JFK airport

WASHINGTON | Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:07pm EDT

(Reuters) - An Air France Airbus 380 jetliner clipped the tail of a smaller regional jet on the ground at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Monday night, but no injuries were reported, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Air France Flight No. 7, en route to Paris, and a Comair "Canadair" regional jet were involved in the incident, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. Comair is a unit of Delta Air Lines.

"The Airbus 380 struck the vertical stabilizer of the Comair plane, basically struck the tail of the plane. The Comair plane evacuated passengers on the ramp. There were no reported injuries," Brown said. The smaller aircraft was damaged, she said.

A CNN correspondent who was on the Air France flight said the incident occurred while the Airbus was taxiing to the runway for takeoff.

The Airbus 380 can carry more than 500 people, while the Comair Canadair carries about 100.