ITA Airways is investigating a ground collision at JFK airport in New York

MILAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Italian airline ITA Airways said on Thursday it had launched an investigation into a ground collision 10 days ago involving one of its planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

In a statement, the state-controlled airline explained that on the night of January 2, one of its planes, which had just landed from Rome, hit the tail of another aircraft with the tip of its his right wing.

No one was injured, an ITA spokesperson confirmed.

The Italian daily La Repubblica reported that the other aircraft was a Delta Bombardier.

The ITA, claiming full compliance with all safety standards and regulations, said “collisions during taxi maneuvers are a growing phenomenon…especially at very congested airports like JFK.”

The airline said its plane was now back in Rome and it had launched an internal investigation “to piece together the circumstances (of the accident)”. He pledged to “promptly inform” and fully cooperate with aviation authorities.

ITA, created in 2021, is the successor airline to Alitalia. Last month, the Italian government approved a decree setting the terms for its sale, with German Lufthansa the favorite to take it over. (Reporting by Federico Maccioni, additional reporting by Elisa Anzolin, editing by Alvise Armellini and Gavin Jones)

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