By Andy Sambidge
Middle East carrier says wing of flight 261 hit the tail of Delta Airlines aircraft while taxiing at New York airport
Middle East carrier Royal Jordanian has confirmed that one of its planes was involved in a collision at JFK Airport in New York.
The airline said flight 261 from Amman to New York had a minor incident while taxiing at the airport on Sunday.
In a statement, Royal Jordanian said the aircraft's wing collided with the tail of a plane belonging to Delta Airlines.
"The incident was minor; there were no injuries and all people onboard didn't feel its impact. All passengers on RJ A340 from Amman to New York proceeded to their final destinations," the statement said.
It added that the RJ staff at JFK Airport accommodated the passengers flying back to Amman. They were offered to either wait for the problem to be fixed or fly back to Amman on other airlines via US or European cities.
In July, Royal Jordanian announced it was to halt services to Delhi, Mumbai and Lagos in September and October as the airline carries out a restructuring plan to combat high fuel prices and regional instability.
The flag-carrier’s chairman, president and chief executive, Nasser Lozi, said the decision had been taken due to “the aggressive growth of regional competition and increased operating costs”.
Royal Jordanian had already announced earlier this year that it would stop flights to Alexandria, Colombo, Milan and Accra, with the number of destinations the carrier now serves dropping to 51.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.