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Southwest Airlines jet hits another aircraft at Bob Hope Airport; no injuries reported

Bob Hope airport, August 2015

A Southwest Airlines plane struck another Sunday afternoon on the tarmac at Bob Hope Airport, seen here in August, according to the FAA. 

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A Southwest Airlines jet struck another aircraft Sunday afternoon on the tarmac at Bob Hope Airport, delaying holiday travelers.

An Oakland-bound Southwest Airlines plane was pushing back from Gate A1 when it struck another Southwest plane parked at an adjacent gate, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m., Gregor said.

The crash disrupted travel plans for about 225 passengers, who the airline worked to place on other flights, said Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels.

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It’s unclear if the crash damaged either aircraft. Both planes were taken out of service for inspections, Samuels said.

The crash occurred in a part of the airport where air traffic controllers do not guide the aircraft, according to the FAA.

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