Southwest Airlines Plane Clips Wow Air Plane at Lambert

No one was hurt, but nerves were certainly rattled

Michael Calhoun
November 16, 2018 - 6:46 am
Southwest Airlines

(Photo by Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Sipa USA)


It was a near-gate collision between two planes at St. Louis Lambert International Airport late Thursday.

The Southwest flight from Kansas City was approaching the gate when it clipped the winglet of a WOW air plane.

"As we got near the gate, I felt a shudder. Everyone just kind of stopped for a minute and no one said anything," one passenger told KMOX. "I looked to the left and I saw people running out and taking pictures. I could see the Southwest plane, the tip of the plane, had sliced through the tip of the WOW jet."

He says there was little guidance from Southwest employees once they descended the stairs from the plane.

"There was a woman that led us in through a lower door. And we walked up, let us out, and that was it."

The second passenger was on the way to Nashville.

"I think they did the best they could. Obviously, some people weren't happy, but it [happened> pretty fast."

He tells KMOX "it wasn't that bad" and he wasn't worried about his connecting flight.

Southwest says there were no injuries, but they did fly in another plane to replace the one involved. Credits were offered by the airline to at least one passenger.