A taxiing Korean Airlines A380 struck some light poles Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, causing slight damage to one of its wings, authorities said Thursday.
“While KE012 was taxing to the gate under the guidance of a ramp vehicle, the vehicle misguided the taxiway,” Korean Airlines said in a statement. “As a result, the light cover at the end of the wing touched the ground lighting facility.”
The incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials said. Later, the plane was bound for Seoul and was scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m. It did not, however, leave as scheduled.
“During the ground checking, a scratch was found at the end of the wing,” the Korean statement said. “An alternative aircraft was deployed. KE012 is expected to arrive at Incheon International Airport with 10 hours and 40 minutes of delay.”
Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the FAA, said federal controllers were not part of the incident.
“FAA air traffic controllers were not directing the aircraft when the incident occurred,” he said.
An LAX spokeswoman gave this statement. “The approximately 30-foot-tall light poles were bent (not broken) and are located near the west remote gates. Airport maintenance and electrical crews are expected to repair the light poles.”
There were 23 crew and 361 passengers on board, Korean said.