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Today in LA airport news: LAX planes clip wings; ex-student pilot booked for aircraft piracy at Compton/Woodley

File photo: A JetBlue plane sits on the runway at Long Beach Airport.
File photo: A JetBlue plane sits on the runway at Long Beach Airport. kenjet/Flickr

An airliner clipped another plane on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, but none of the 28 people aboard were injured.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Skywest Flight 6319 was about to depart on the short hop to Palm Springs when its left wing clipped the right wing of another Skywest aircraft that was parked.

Gregor says the extent of damage to the plane, an Embraer E120, was not immediately known, and the status of the flight was not clear.

There were 25 passengers and three crew members aboard, and no one was hurt.

The incident took place as the plane was pushing back in a ramp area, and it had yet to come under the supervision of air traffic controllers.

In other L.A. airport news, authorities say an armed man tried to steal a small plane from Compton/Woodley Airport, but his flight was foiled by a chain connecting the aircraft to the tarmac.

A sheriff's statement says 25-year-old Troy Daniel Long, attempted to steal the two-seat Cessna 152 on Friday from the airport, where he'd been a student pilot.

Airport employees said Long entered the airport office and began taking keys for airplanes, then pulled a gun on them when they tried to stop them.

When deputies arrived they found Long revving the engine as the plane lurched and bucked because it was chained to the ground. Deputies drew their guns and Long eventually surrendered.

He was turned over to FBI officials, who booked him on suspicion of aircraft piracy.

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