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Planes Collide in Miami and F-15’s Are Sent to Escort an Alaska Airline’s Flight

An Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340. Image by Malcolm Muir.

An Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340. Image by Malcolm Muir.

Thursday 17th January saw two events in aviation that normally would have made headlines, but with all the Boeing 787 issues and American revealing their new livery, these two interesting events have been overshadowed.

The first event to happen in Miami at approximately 545pm EST when an Airbus A340 flown by Aerolineas Argentinas touched down after flying from Buenos Aires. As it was taxiing to the gate it collided with an Air France 777-300 preparing to depart for Paris.

BONUS: The NYDailyNews has a photo of the two aircraft

The collision caused damage to the tail and wingtips of the aircraft. Emergency crews showed up, but thankfully no injuries occurred. Those passengers on the arriving aircraft were allowed to disembark, however the Air France passengers were unable to depart for Paris.

Normally it is not the best to see one of these outside your window. Image by Malcolm Muir.

Normally it is not the best to see one of these outside your window. Image by Malcolm Muir.

On the opposite side of the country, around 6:00pm PST, two F15Cs of the Oregon Air National Guard were scrambled from their base at Portland International Airport. The two jets from the 142 Fighter Wing were sent to escort Alaska Airlines flight 819, a Boeing 737, from Kona Hawaii to Seattle.

A hijacking threat had been made against the flight and the passenger involved in the threat was monitored by crew. Alaska Airlines told AirlineRepoter.com that, “This passenger did not display any unusual behavior and was asleep much of the flight.”

Officials made the decision to escort the aircraft into Seattle and the flight touched down in Seattle at 707pm PST where they were greeted by the TSA and the Port of Seattle Police. According to KING5 News, the FBI interviewed the passenger for approximately two hours and FBI Spokesperson Ayn Dietrich said that they do not anticipate an arrest.  Turns out that the passenger was cooperative and the investigation will now look into who called in the possible hoax or practical joke.

This story written by…Malcolm Muir, Lead Correspondent. Mal is an Australian Avgeek now living and working in Seattle. With a passion for aircraft photography, traveling and the fun that combining the two can bring. Insights into the aviation world with a bit of a perspective thanks to working in the travel industry.@BigMalX | BigMal’s World | Photos

8 comments to Planes Collide in Miami and F-15’s Are Sent to Escort an Alaska Airline’s Flight

  • Ahmednz

    Air France seems to be a magnet for these incidents.

  • Alex

    I SO much dislike AF. On my last flight from YUL to CDG, the crews were very unfriendly and were all Tallinn about safety concerns during.the.whole.flight. SCARY.

    Air Chance is definitely not seeing me as a pas anymore.

  • Alex

    Tallinn = talking
    Pas = pax
    Darn ipad …

  • Sue Beck

    Thursday 17th January saw two events in aviation that normally “would of” made headlines, but with all the Boeing 787 issues and American revealing their new livery, these two interesting events have been overshadowed.

    WHAT??? What language do you all speak there? “Would of”???? Please!

    • Dan

      Pretty harsh criticism for an easy to make typing/grammar mistake. “Would have” is commonly shortened to “would ‘ve”, which sounds a lot like “would of”. Even when someone is proof reading it, it’s easy to overlook as you read it in your head and it can still sound correct.

      • andy

        Dan, agree with that the tone was harsh. But AP style does not approve of contractions.
        Grammarians are tough, but since blogs like this are taking the place of printed media you will now be expect to use proper grammar.

        • Dan

          I didn’t say the AP style approved contractions. I was just explaining how a simple common verbal contraction probably lead to the typing mistake and why it can be hard to catch. I don’t write for this site, I was just asking for civility and understanding.

    • Doctor Smith

      Outch.
      …it’s a blog…

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