Miami Dolphins team plane clips another at airport


Miami Herald Staff and Wire Report

The Miami Dolphins didn’t only lose their final preseason game. They also lost their team plane.

The American Airlines charter aircraft carrying players and coaches back to South Florida after their loss to the Cowboys reportedly backed into an parked plane near the runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to players and an aviation official.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says no one was hurt but both American Airlines jets were damaged in the incident early Thursday.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says a wing of a Boeing 767 clipped the tail of an empty MD-80.

Both jets were taken out of service and the incident is under investigation.

The team was delayed at the airport early Thursday morning until they could board a replacement plane.

The new jet delivered the Dolphins to South Florida around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

“So tired and haven’t even left Dallas yet,” receiver Brian Hartline said on Twitter. “Aaaaand the rumor is we backed into another plane... On the runway #awesome! Anyone else awake?”

Players said they were told the incident resulted in some damage, but no one was hurt.

“Runway crew backed the plane into another plane and wrecked the wing,” offensive tackle Andrew McDonald tweeted.

The new plane landed in South Florida safely Thursday morning.

“8:08 am. Just got home from Dallas. Longer trip ever!” quarterback Matt Moore said on Twitter.

The Dolphins lost their game against the Cowboys 30-13.

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