Airplanes Clip Each Other at Beijing Airport

Two passenger planes at Beijing's airport clipped each other while on the tarmac, damaging their tail and wing pieces, but no injuries were reported, state media said Monday.

The incident occurred Sunday morning between a China Eastern plane that was preparing to take off and a China Southern flight that had just landed, said, a major news Web site.

Investigators were looking into which plane was at fault, the Beijing Evening News said.

The 135 passengers of the China Eastern flight were each compensated 100 yuan (US$12.50, euro10), the newspaper said.

There was a "long and deep scratch" on the tail of the China Eastern plane, while the wing of the other aircraft "was cracked" and suffered serious damage, said.

One of the passengers on that plane, who was identified by only by her surname, Ma, said it had been "slowly reversing out of its parking spot and was heading toward the runway when it suddenly began swaying from left to right."

She said her heart was pounding and other passengers cried out in surprise.

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