Two planes clip at Metro Airport de-icing area

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

An American Airlines 737 departing Detroit Metro Airport on Wednesday morning clipped a Southwest Airlines 737 on a de-icing area, Erica Donerson, a spokeswoman for Metro Airport confirmed. Both planes were headed to Dallas.

The clipping occurred about 6:07 a.m. The Southwest Airlines plane was on the de-icing pad, and the American Airlines plane was headed there when it clipped the tail of the Southwest Airlines, Donerson said.

Via email, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein told The News that “the wingtip of American Airlines flight 1241, a Boeing 737, came in contact with another aircraft on the deicing pad in Detroit. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are reaccommodating them on other flights. There are no reported injuries.”

That plane was headed to Dallas, according to, which tracks airplane arrivals and departures.

American Airlines, via email, said 95 passengers were on its plane, which was also headed to Dallas.

The plane will “undergo a thorough maintenance check to determine next steps for repairing and returning the plane to service,” American said.

Customers have been re-booked to other flights, the airline added.

Both planes will be inspected by the National Transportation Safety Board and airport technicians, Donerson said.

No one was hurt on either plane.