NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been yet another mishap at LaGuardia Airport.

For the third time in less than a week, a plane got into a minor accident at the Queens transportation hub.

Southwest Airlines Flight 480 was being towed around 10:00 p.m. Saturday when it struck the right side of a parked American Eagle aircraft operated by Republic Airlines near gate C4.

Photos show damage on the right-side horizontal stabilizer of the American Eagle plane. The right-side winglet of the Southwest Airlines aircraft can also be seen.

Sources tell CBS2 a Southwest Airlines plane bumped into an American Airlines aircraft Saturday evening at LaGuardia Airport. (credit: CBS2)

A Southwest Airlines plane bumped into an American Eagle aircraft Saturday evening at LaGuardia Airport. (credit: CBS2)

A member of the ground crew on the co-pilot side of the Southwest aircraft attempted to signal the operator to avoid the fender bender, according to sources.

Thursday morning, emergency vehicles swarmed LaGuardia’s Terminal 8 when a United Airlines plane clipped a fuel truck backing away from the gate, damaging its right winglet. Two days prior to that, an American Airlines plane hit another aircraft as it pushed back from a Terminal B gate at LaGuardia. Both cases linked back to miscommunication among ground crews.

American Airlines tells CBS2 there were no passengers or crew aboard the parked American Eagle plane. No American Eagle flights were cancelled as a result of the collision.

The Southwest aircraft is out of service for repairs and inspections, according to the airline.

No injuries were reported in Saturday’s incident.

Stick with CBSNewYork for more on this developing story.


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