Pushback Tractor Hits American Jet at BWI

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LINTHICUM, Md. — A ground worker has been slightly hurt after a pushback tractor hit the nose of a parked American Airlines jet at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

An American spokesman said Monday that nobody on Flight 140 was injured and the MD-80 has been taken out of service. Kent Powell says the 119 passengers were being put on other flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Powell says the five-person crew was on the jet Sunday afternoon during boarding for the trip to Texas when the ground crew was hooking a tow bar to the front gear.

Investigators are trying to determine why the tractor hit the landing gear and the nose cone that contains radar equipment. No damage estimate was released.

A contract worker was treated for a minor knee injury.

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