Northwest Airlink jet collides with luggage vehicle

Associated Press

ROMULUS, Mich. — A Northwest Airlink regional jet collided Thursday with a luggage-hauling vehicle in a taxi lane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, damaging the plane’s left wing and spilling fuel onto the ground.

The driver of the Delta luggage tug was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, but no one on the plane, operated by Pinnacle Airlines, was hurt in the accident that occurred about 6 a.m., airport spokesman Mike Conway said.

The plane carrying 21 passengers and three crew had arrived at the airport from Grand Rapids and was taxiing to the gate at the time of the accident, Conway said.

Fuel began leaking from the plane onto the ground following the collision, Pinnacle spokesman Joe Williams said, and foam was sprayed on the aircraft as a precaution by crews that were called the scene.


Passengers were taken to the terminal by shuttle bus, Conway said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, but Williams said both the plane and luggage tug were moving at the time of the collision.

Conway said other flights weren’t disrupted at the airport in Romulus, about 15 miles southwest of Detroit.

Northwest Airlink is part of Northwest Airlines, which recently was acquired by Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.

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