Chicago flights delayed after minor accident between two planes

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Multiple flights at Chicago O’Hare International Airport were delayed Sunday afternoon after a minor accident between two planes on the taxiway. 

Around 4 p.m. local time, the wing of Southwest Airlines Flight 2659 – a Boeing 737 – struck the tail of American Airlines Flight 1121 – a Boeing 738 – while on Taxiway A at O’Hare, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told FOX Business in a statement. 

FILE: An aircraft takes off from O’Hare International Airport on January 18, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Both aircraft taxied to their gates and the taxiway reopened. The FAA and NTSB is investigating the incident. 

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No injuries were reported but the scrape caused some flight delays. Southwest 2659, which was destined for Tampa, Florida, was delayed nearly around four hours and scheduled to depart at 7:30 p.m. local time. 

American Airlines flight 1121 was an incoming flight that had recently landed at the time of the accident. It arrived at its gate just before 5 p.m., about an hour and 20 minutes after its scheduled time. 

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Reported delays for the entire airport, meanwhile, were around an average of 23 minutes Sunday evening, with some 44 cancelations. The airport was not available for comment. 

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