A minor incident occurred at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Friday when an employee shuttle made contact with a passenger plane taxiing for departure, resulting in at least two individuals sustaining minor injuries, according to officials.
Larry Langford, spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department, confirmed that the bus and the aircraft experienced “minor contact,” and the injuries to the two affected individuals were described as very minor. Both injured individuals were transported to medical facilities for evaluation.
The ground vehicle involved was identified as one of American Airlines’ employee buses, and it had six team members on board who were subsequently taken to a hospital for evaluation. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among the passengers on the aircraft, as stated by American Airlines.
The aircraft involved in the incident was identified as a Bombardier CRJ-200, operated by Air Wisconsin Flight 6209, which was in the process of taxiing for takeoff at approximately 7:20 p.m., according to the preliminary statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
American Airlines specified that the plane was one of its American Eagle flights operated by Air Wisconsin, and passengers on board were offered an alternative aircraft for their journey to Dayton, Ohio, later in the evening. American and Air Wisconsin collaborate for regional service.
The circumstances leading to the proximity of the employee shuttle and the aircraft remain unclear, and the exact cause of the incident has yet to be determined.
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Langford stated that one of the vehicles involved made contact with the other, although it was initially uncertain which one initiated the collision. The FAA has initiated an investigation into the incident.