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Charlotte-bound flight involved in runway bump


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- No one is hurt, but inspectors are examining two planes after a minor collision at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Lambert director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge says the planes bumped Tuesday morning as they were preparing to de-ice
before takeoff. US Airways says the wingtip of one of its Airbus 319 planes bound for Charlotte contacted the wingtip of an Embraer 175 operated by Republic Airways, a regional carrier for US Airways. The Embraer was about to fly to Philadelphia, with 78 on board; the Airbus had 113 people.

US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says both planes were returned to the gate for inspection. Hamm-Niebrugge says damage appeared to be minimal. Still, both flights were canceled and Wunder says US Airways was
working to make new arrangements for passengers.

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