Two Southwest aircraft struck each other during pushback at Nashville International Airport last Saturday night, the airline has confirmed. The winglet of one aircraft came into contact with the other plane on the tarmac of the airport. There were no injuries reported though both aircraft were pulled back to their respective gates and were later on taken out of service for maintenance evaluation.
A person posted a picture of a damaged wing to Twitter. They captioned the photo, “ Welcome to Crashville. Got stuck waiting on a plane at BNA due to weather on the way back to Atlanta. We finally pull back and they crash the plane into another plane. Took the S right off. What’s going on Southwest Air?"
Extent of damage on either aircraft is still unclear.
Southwest flight 1555 was scheduled to fly from Nashville to St. Louis whereas Southwest 4580 was to fly from Nashville to Atlanta when the incident happened. Both aircraft returned to their gates under their own power.
Passengers still continued with the flight after they were transferred to a different aircraft.