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Two Planes Brush Wings After Landing at Newark International Airport

October 17, 1991

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Two aircraft taxiing down the runway at Newark International Airport struck wings, and 18 people were injured evacuating the two planes, officials said.

A Continental Airlines Boeing 737 and an American Airlines MD-80 had landed without incident Wednesday night and were wheeling past the control tower when their wings collided shortly after 9 p.m., Port Authority Police Sgt. Stephen Prospero said.

The passengers and crew aboard both aircraft were evacuated through emergency chutes. Eighteen people were slightly injured during the evacuation, said another police officer, Henry Borawski.

One person had broken ribs but most of the injuries were strains and sprains, said Patricia Hyland at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth. All were treated and released, she said.

American Flight 826 had just arrived from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., with 109 passengers and six crew members, said Al Becker, an American Airlines spokesman.

Continental Flight 554 from Pittsburgh had 48 passengers and six crew members, said Continental spokesman Ned Walker.

Damage estimates to the planes were not available this morning.

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