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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 6, (Agencies): Kuwait Airways Flight 118 bound from New York had a minor accident while on the runway before takeoff from JFK International Airport, with all passengers and crew onboard being safe, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Saturday.
The Boeing 777 was on halt in preparation for takeoff when another plane belonging to a Chinese airline bumped into it, resulting in the inability to operate the flight in accordance with international aviation safety regulations, said a DGCA statement. All passengers were transferred to a hotel until further arrangements were taken.
An extreme winter storm is currently hitting the US' east coast, which led to the shutting down of airports and the cancellation of about 3,300 fl ights, mainly JFK.
In a statement late Thursday, JFK officials said all international and local fl ights were suspended due to severe weather conditions. The deadly winter storm that walloped a large swath of the United States wreaked havoc Saturday at several airports, with passengers arriving in New York complaining of being stranded on the tarmac for hours. A 'bomb cyclone' that raked the northeastern part of the country with heavy snowfall, glacial temperatures and high winds had forced the cancellation earlier in the week of thousands of fl ights, and caused thousands more delays.
Although flights had resumed at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, passengers on Air China 989 from Beijing were forced to wait seven hours to deplane, flight tracking site Flightradar24 tweeted. 'But there are more new flights that landed at JFK this morning, parked with passengers waiting to deplane,' the website said. A passenger with the Twitter handle @jennimonet said in a post: 'Free at last! After a 14-hour fl ight from Beijing, and another 7-hours stranded on the @JKFairport Tar- Mac, passengers aboard @airchina Flight #CA989 are deplaning. The next concern is lengthy customs lines. Our flight was just one of many that landed, but without a gate assigned.' Late Friday, a passenger with the Twitter name @thechrismendez said: 'Been stuck on tarmac for over 3 hours at JFK Alitalia flight 8604. Multiple passengers seeking medical attention. Staff not communicating. Babies literally crying from hunger and people calling police from the plane.' Two fl ights headed to New York — OS87 from Vienna and LH400 from Frankfurt — had to turn back due to the 'current capacity limit at JFK,' Flightradar24 said.