NTSB Investigates JFK Collision Caught on Video

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    A wing of an Airbus A380, the world's biggest commercial passenger jet, clipped the tail of another plane while taxiing out to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night. (Published Monday, Apr 11, 2011)

    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collision of an Airbus A-380 and a smaller plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

    Air France Flight 7, bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway Monday night when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate at Kennedy, one of the nation's busiest airports.

    There were no injuries.

    Both planes were being inspected Tuesday. Pilots and crew will also be interviewed.

    Passenger Lawrence Grotts was on board the Air France plane.

    "It really felt just like a speedbump or like hitting a pothole -- a jolt -- but it didn't feel right ... like that shouldn't be happening," he said.

    The NTSB said it has requested the flight recorders and will review air traffic control tapes and what is known as ground radar data.

    The double-deck Airbus A-380 had 495 passengers and 25 crew members on board, Air France said in a statement. The Comair CRJ 700 Regional Jet had 62 passengers and four crew members.

    "This incident only caused material damage to the two aircraft," Air France said. The airline said it is assisting the NTSB.

    Maxine Lubner, chair of the aviation department at Vaughn College, said communication could have been a problem.

    "When the plane, the A-380, was on the taxiway, Alpha, it's under FAA control," she said. "The regional jet may have already been switched to the company's frequency."

    Lubner said the Air France pilots should have been able to see the smaller aircraft.

    WNBC's Jonathan Dienst contribruted to this report.