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Wind Blows United Jet into Fuel Tanker at Airport

9:15 AM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A United Airlines 737 was damaged after strong winds moved the nose of the plane into a fuel tanker at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport early Sunday morning.

A spokesperson from the NFTA tells 2 on Your Side that no passengers or airline staff were on board when the plane struck the fuel tanker at 4:15 a.m.  A witness emailed photos of the accident to Channel 2.

The NFTA spokesperson added that both the plane and the fuel tanker were owned by United Airlines and that there were no leaks in the tanker.

Our partners at The Weather Channel posted a series of photos of the accident as well.

Meantime, out in East Aurora, the wind took down some utility poles on Center Road, and caused three transformers to blow. The road was closed to traffic between Sweet Road and Blakeley Road. The weather appears to have caused at least 1,000 people out there to lose power. We don't know when it will be back on for them.

Our photographers saw trees down all over Western New York. Crews are still working to restore power and clean up the mess.

WGRZ-TV

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