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Plane and Bus Collide at Los Angeles Airport, Injuring 5, Officials Say


Five people were injured on Friday night after an American Airlines plane struck a shuttle bus at Los Angeles International Airport in California, officials said, in what was the most recent in a string of surprising incidents at major airports up to now 4 weeks.

The plane, an Airbus A321, had no passengers and was being towed on a taxiway around 10 p.m. local time when it hit a bus that was transporting passengers between terminals, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Emergency medical employees treated five individuals who were involved within the “low-speed” collision, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

4 people were hospitalized. The tug driver who had been towing the jet was taken to the hospital in moderate condition, and the bus driver and two bus passengers were transported in fair condition, the Fire Department said. Just one person was on the plane, a employee, who declined to be taken to the hospital after receiving treatment, the department said.

American Airlines said that the airplane was not operating as a industrial flight when the collision happened and that no customers had been onboard.

The jet was being towed from a gate to a parking area. Other airport operations remained normal, the airport said in a press release.

The F.A.A. said that it could investigate the collision, which follows a recent spate of surprising incidents at major airports.

On Feb. 4, two airplanes narrowly avoided a collision at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas after a FedEx cargo plane aborted its landing on the identical runway that a Southwest Airlines flight had been cleared to take off from.

The day before, a United Airlines Boeing 787 that was being towed clipped the wing of a parked United plane, a Boeing 757-200, at Newark Liberty International Airport, the F.A.A. said. Nobody was injured and airport operations weren’t affected, the Port Authority of Latest York and Latest Jersey said.

And last month, at Kennedy International Airport in Latest York, a Delta Air Lines plane needed to abort its takeoff after an American Airlines plane crossed about 1,000 feet in front of it, the F.A.A. said. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday that it had subpoenaed the pilots of the American Airlines plane after they declined its request for electronically recorded interviews.

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