Fuel Truck Hits United Airlines Jet at Boise Airport

A fuel truck struck an engine on a United Airlines jet waiting to leave a gate at the Boise airport, causing damage that could cost millions to fix, officials said. No one was injured.

The Western Aircraft fuel truck failed to stop while approaching the Boeing 737 Sunday afternoon, and both the engine and the truck were damaged, airport police Sgt. Bruce Gard said.

The plane was grounded and more than 100 passengers on United Flight 352 to Denver had to be put on other flights, with some forced to wait overnight, airline spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said.

No specific damage estimate was available, but Urbanski said the total would likely to run to millions of dollars.

Western Aircraft officials had no immediate comment.

A mechanical failure appears to be the reason for the collision, Gard said. The truck driver was ordered to undergo a blood test, although there was no indication that he was intoxicated, he added.

Police and Federal Aviation Administration officials were investigating.


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