Plane collides with vehicle on Charlotte airport tarmac

The driver of the vehicle is in stable condition tonight after the vehicle they were driving hit a plane and caused chaos on the tarmac.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - An American Airlines plane arriving at Charlotte-Douglas Airport collided with a 'tug' vehicle outside of Terminal E, hospitalizing one person Wednesday afternoon.

An American Airlines flight 5233 coming from Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia landed around 3:40 p.m., when it began taxiing to gate E-35. Shortly after, it ran into an airplane tug vehicle not working with the plane.




31 Passengers and 3 crew were on board the plane at the time of the incident, but none were reported injured. 

The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Witnesses to the crash say they saw a woman operating the vehicle when it quickly turned and hit the plane abruptly.




CLT's Terminal E houses roughly half of the regional flight gates. The crash is expected to impact dozens of regional flights tonight and possibly into tomorrow.

Sources tell NBC Charlotte that the north part of Terminal E will be closed until the FAA and NTSP complete their investigation into the crash.

A statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration reads:

PSA Airlines 5223, CL600-2B aircraft, and a tug collided on the north ramp at Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 4:35 pm today. The collision occurred while the aircraft was taxiing to the gate after landing. The aircraft and tug are blocking several gates.

Passengers at Charlotte-Douglas have reported being directed off of planes that were getting ready to take off in the terminal.



Stick with for the latest updates on this developing story.

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