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Donald Trump’s private jet clipped in parking mishap at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

  • A corporate jet manoeuvring into a parking spot clipped the wing of Trump’s parked plane
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2018, 10:16am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2018, 10:16am

US President Donald Trump’s private jet, an instantly recognisable Boeing 757 used during his campaign, was caught up in a quintessential New York City traffic mishap at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday: a fender bender while someone else was trying to park.

A corporate jet manoeuvring into a parking spot clipped the wing of Trump’s parked plane around 8:30am, two people familiar with the incident said.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

The corporate jet, a twin-engined Bombardier Global Express, had three crew members aboard. It had just completed an 18-minute flight from Islip, Long Island and was being guided by ground marshals along a ramp near the general aviation terminal.

No one was on Trump’s plane.

Trump used the jet throughout his 2016 run for the White House but hasn’t done so since taking office, opting for Air Force One instead.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia Airport, said there were no injuries and no impact on airport operations. The agency would not confirm that Trump’s plane was involved.

The Federal Aviation Administration referred reporters to the White House press office. Trump’s company, the Trump Organisation, did not immediately respond to calls or emails.

The extent of damage to the planes wasn’t immediately clear. According to the aviation tracking website FlightAware, the corporate jet flew Wednesday afternoon to Hartford, Connecticut, where Bombardier has a service centre.

Trump’s plane is blocked from being tracked on the site.

Trump bought his jet, a retrofitted commercial airliner, from the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011 for US$100 million.

It was previously used by a low-budget Mexican passenger carrier.

Trump flexed the jet as a symbol of wealth, power and convenience during his presidential campaign, using it to commute almost every night to his Manhattan penthouse home.

The plane – painted black and red, with his last name in big, gold letters – features a bedroom, 24-karat gold-plated fixtures and leather seats, according to a Trump Organisation video.

During the campaign, it became known as Trump Force One, and was a familiar backdrop for Trump’s airport hangar rallies.

Lately, the plane has turned into something of a LaGuardia landmark, with fliers snapping photos from passing jets and posting them on social media.

Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first involving a Trump campaign plane at LaGuardia.

A Boeing 737 charter plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence overran a runway while landing in the rain on October 27, 2016, about two weeks before the election. No one was hurt.