What happens in this video ?

April 11, 2011 - John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, United State - The left wing tip of an Air France Airbus A380 taxiing away from the gate for take off struck the left horizontal stabilizer of Comair CRJ-700 while the Comair airplane was taxiing to its gate. There were 485 passengers and 25 crew onboard the Airbus and 52 passengers and 4 crew onboard the CRJ. No injuries were reported on either aircraft. Both aircraft were taken out of service for reparations.

Carl Hackert
Saratoga Springs, Ny

Considering the number of passengers, all of the jet fuel involved and the closeness to the terminal, this was the best possible outcome and a disaster of historic proportions averted. It will be interesting to see who is blamed: (1) the Comair for stopping too far from the terminal; (2) the Airbus for taxiing too fast & possibly not tracking the centerline markings of the taxiway; (3) the airport designers for not allowing enough space from tail of the Comair to the massive wingtip of the A-380. The video shows the tremendous mass & power differential between the 2 jets - the CRJ is spun like a toy. It must have been quite shock to the waiting passengers & crew of the CRJ to suddenly & violently have changed their heading by 90 degrees counterclockwise. 380 riders may have seen it coming.
12th April, 2011