A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane, was forced to land at a small NY airport Thursday after the "bomb cyclone" storm system forced the closure of runways at John F. Kennedy International.
The Kuwait Airways flight was parked ahead of takeoff when the planes collided, the airline said on Twitter.Kuwait's passengers were transported to nearby hotels to await new flight arrangements as NY authorities investigated the incident, the airline added.
Things were only made worse when the right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways airliner, damaging both aircrafts, according to the Port Authority.
On Thursday, officials closed the runways at La Guardia and Kennedy Airports in NY after a giant winter storm walloped the US East Coast with heavy snow and freezing cold.
The plane, carrying 325 passengers, was on its way to New York's JFK airport before it was diverted to Stewart Airport in Orange County.
All told, FlightAware reported that more than 1,500 USA flights were cancelled on Friday, while nearly 5,700 were delayed. That plan includes providing portable staircases and buses to deplane passengers on the airfield and bring them to the terminal. One woman arrived for an 8 a.m. flight only to be told it would be taking off at 5 p.m.
Passenger Chris Mendez, who was aboard Alitalia flight 8604, added that one of the passengers had a heart condition and was experiencing a medical emergency. At midnight, it posted a screen shot of ground traffic at the airport showing what appear to be several dozen planes sitting in apparent waits for gates.
"Been stuck on tarmac for over 3 hours at JFK Alitalia flight 8604".
An American Airlines jet has landed safely after it was forced to return to John F. Kennedy Airport Friday after a report of an engine fire. "Unfortunately for passengers at JFK tonight, they have plenty of company", the service tweeted.