An American Airlines MD80 airplane was damaged Sunday afternoon while at the gate at BWI Airport.
FAA says that a tug ran into the nose of American Airlines flight 140, while it was parked at the gate at 4:10 pm today.
Passengers had boarded the flight to Dallas-Fort Worth, DFW Airport, but the flight crew had not requested permission to push back from the gate when the collision occurred.
The pilot immediately contacted the FAA Tower and asked for emergency equipment to respond.
No passenger injuries were reported, and passengers were deplaned at the gate.
An American Airlines spokesperson said they are trying to determine if this was a mechanical problem or caused by driver error. The driver of the tractor went to the hospital, but was quickly released.
According to a preliminary report, the nose cone on the aircraft was damaged. The fiberglass nose of the plane suffered significant damage and there may also be damage to the landing gear.
American Airlines is sending in a team of engineers to determine the extent of the damage.
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