Five injured after American Airlines plane and LAX shuttle bus collide 

American Airlines Airbus A321 and a shuttle bus crash on the taxiway at LAX
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Four people were taken to hospital after an American Airlines A321 and a Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shuttle bus were involved in a “slow speed collision.” 

The incident, which happened at around 10pm on February 10, 2023, reportedly unfolded as the Airbus jet was being towed from a gate. 

There were passengers being transported between terminals on board the shuttle bus when the collision happened. 

In a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), it was confirmed that there were five people injured in total.  

“The tug driver was transported in moderate condition, the bus driver and two passengers were transported in fair condition, and the sole person aboard the plane (worker) was treated, but declined transport,” the LAFD explained. 

According to the New York Post the bus’ windshield suffered extensive damage. 

LAX also confirmed the incident in a Tweet, posting: “A jet being towed tonight from a gate to a parking area made contact with a shuttle bus, resulting in injuries to about 5 people.  

“We thank our partners @LAFD for quickly responding and treating passengers from the bus. Other LAX operations remain normal.” 

The New York Times reported that American Airlines confirmed the plane was not operating as a commercial flight and that no passengers were on the plane. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

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