Diana Westmyer, a passenger on the United Airlines flight, told CBS Local in Los Angeles she felt a jolt when the planes came into contact and that all the passengers were asked to remain seated by the pilot.
The United service was reportedly arriving at Gate 73 at Terminal 7 when it came into contact with the other jet, which was departing from Gate 66. No one on either plane was hurt in the incident.
A large piece of the plane was broken off, she added. Actor Peter Cambor, who was aboard one of the jets, noted that the two were entwined following the accident.
In a statement Alaska Airlines reported its plane “was being pushed back from the gate about 7:45pm and its wing tip clipped another aircraft”. Planes are stuck together’. The United passengers were allowed to deplane per normal at the gate following the incident, and United engineers were inspecting the aircraft.
The Alaskan flight sustained damage to its left winglet and the United flight right horizontal stabilizer was damaged, Castles said. “Alaska re-accommodated passengers on another aircraft that departed at 9:37 p.m. for Portland”.
It has yet to be established which aircraft was responsible for the collision, but LAX Public Relations Director Nancy Castles noted that an investigation into the accident will take place.
Airport officials said at least 14 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.