Plane hits utility truck at LAX, 8 people injured

An AeroMexico jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
An AeroMexico jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
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Eight people were injured, none of them critically, when an Aeromexico plane collided with a utility truck on an LAX taxiway on Saturday.

The six men and two women who were injured were aboard the large provisioning truck. All are currently reported in stable condition. None of the 149 passengers and crew aboard Flight 642 from Mexico City were injured.

The plane landed just before 2:30 p.m.

Shortly after landing on Runway 25, which is located on the south side of the airport, the single-aisle passenger jet moved to the nearby taxiway, where it collided with the truck.

The aircraft sustained "highly visible damage to its right wing and was inoperable at that time," Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department tells KPCC. There was no fuel spill and no fire.

The passengers remained aboard the aircraft as it taxied to its gate, where they deplaned.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

In a separate incident on Saturday at LAX, another inbound aircraft experienced hydraulic issues.

"Some tense moments there," Humphrey says but the plane landed safely and taxied to the gate, where the passengers deplaned.

An unknown number of passengers sustained minor injuries, none of which were life-threatening, according to Humphrey. He couldn't reveal the airline.

"Many people are surprised to learn that the L.A. Fire Department has about 160 emergency standbys at the airport each year. Most end absolutely uneventfully," he says.

The LAFD has three stations, all of which are staffed 24/7, on the grounds of LAX.