Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos

Mobile lounges work to get passengers off of an Aeroflot flight

The eastern United States and Canada froze Saturday under record-breaking low temperatures following a deadly winter storm as New York's flagship airport descended into chaos, battling to contain flight backlog.

The Port Authority told NBC New York that a China Southern plane's right wing hit the tail of a Kuwait Airways flight, causing damage to both planes.

"The Port Authority intends to aggressively review with its partners, the terminal operators and airlines, the process to assure that planes and passengers get to their gates during the surge of rescheduled flights that follow a severe weather event", the agency added.

The China Southern flight was being towed when the planes collided shortly after midnight, the FAA said.

The Kuwait Airways flight was parked ahead of takeoff when the planes collided, the airline said on Twitter.Kuwait's passengers were transported to nearby hotels to await new flight arrangements as NY authorities investigated the incident, the airline added.

Kuwait Airways said on Twitter that Flight 118 from NY to Kuwait was struck by the Chinese plane as it was parked before takeoff. JFK ranked No. 1 among destination airports for the most cancellations and delays. The airline said it was working with authorities in NY to investigate.

Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos
Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos

No injuries were reported to crew or passengers.

Some frustrated passengers took to social media to share stories of spending hours on the runway. Pilot saying airport control is "chaotic". One woman arrived for an 8 a.m. flight only to be told it would be taking off at 5 p.m. He also reported a fellow passenger was going through a medical episode and complained about heart conditions.

"People are sleeping on the ground, people are sitting on the ground. Unacceptable customer service!" one of the passengers tweeted. Officials said the extensive delays were brought on, in part, by a backlog of delayed flights from a powerful winter storm that slammed the region Thursday.

But the airline said it would not be responsible for arrangements or transportation to/from an alternative airport or hotel or overnight expenses caused by the bad weather.

The situation comes the same day an American Airlines flight had to return to the airport following takeoff after a mechanical failure.

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