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Three flights canceled at LAX after a plane and truck collide on the tarmac

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A fender-bender between a truck and a plane grounded flights for nearly 1,100 passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.

A tow truck moving a China Southern Airlines flight at LAX collided with the aircraft late Thursday, sparking a chain reaction that canceled three flights. None of the roughly 450 passengers on the plane were injured, and the truck driver suffered only minor injuries, airport officials said.

For the record:

5:37 p.m. June 18, 2024An earlier version of this story said that the accident had forced the cancellation of two China Southern flights and affected nearly 1,500 passengers. Only one was canceled and nearly 1,100 fliers affected.

The collision happened just before midnight Thursday on a taxiing lane on the tarmac between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, LAX officials said. China Southern Flight 328 was scheduled to fly to Guangzhou but after the collision, the Airbus 380 aircraft was towed to another part of the airport for inspection and repairs. The nose gear door was damaged.

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The collision forced authorities to close the taxi lane temporarily, which forced the China Southern flight and two American Airlines flights to be canceled.

Airport officials said 1,060 passengers were affected. The Guangzhou-bound flight was rescheduled for 10:20 p.m. Friday, officials said. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Joseph.serna@latimes.com

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