Virgin Atlantic plane hits blast fence at JFK

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NEW YORK — A Virgin Atlantic flight  from JFK to London crashed into a blast fence Saturday morning.

According to Port Authority, a plane was being pushed back from the gate when its wing struck the blast fence 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

A passenger on the plane, on his way home to London, told PIX11 “it looks like ground staff weren’t paying attention.”

The passenger said the “plane shuddered as it hit the wall, but we’re fine.”

Supermodel Bella Hadid was apparently on the flight also.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said the crash was a cause of “a miscalculation by the tug.”

“The VS26 departing from JFK to London Heathrow today returned to the gate after a miscalculation by the tug caused minor damage to one of its wing tips. All customers have disembarked the aircraft and our teams are working hard to get our customers on their way as soon as possible. Safety is our number one priority and we would like to apologize for the delay and any inconvenience caused.”

Port Authority says no passengers were injured in the crash. The passengers disembarked the plane and boarded a bus back to  the terminal, according to Port Authority.

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