NEW YORK — The world’s largest passenger aircraft clipped a much smaller commuter plane on a dark, wet tarmac at New York City’s Kennedy Airport, spinning it like a toy as hundreds of passengers sat in both planes. No one was injured.
The two jets — an Airbus A380 operated by Air France and a Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet — were towed away after the collision around 8 p.m. Monday and will be inspected to determine the extent of their damage, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
“This wasn’t just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,” said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an industry-funded group that promotes global aviation safety. “This is not something that happens every day. This is not normal.”
The Airbus A380 was taxiing out to a runway when its left wingtip crashed into the tail of the regional jet, operated by Comair for Delta Air Lines and stopped on an intersecting taxiway, whipping the smaller plane around nearly 90 degrees.
Air France said 485 passengers and 25 crew members were aboard the Paris-bound Flight 7. The flight operated by Comair was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, board spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.
Jury convicts Mass. mom who withheld cancer meds
LAWRENCE, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman who withheld at-home chemotherapy medications from her autistic, cancer-stricken son was convicted of attempted murder Tuesday by jurors who dismissed her claim that she thought the side effects of the treatment could kill him.
Kristen LaBrie also was found guilty of child endangerment and assault and battery for failing to give her son, Jeremy Fraser, at least five months of cancer medications after the boy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006. He died in 2009 at age 9.
LaBrie, 38, told the jury she stopped giving him the medications because she couldn’t bear to see how sick the side effects made him.
Prosecutors portrayed her as a single mother seething with resentment because she had to care for Jeremy alone.
As she was led away in handcuffs, LaBrie mouthed “I love you” to her family.
Sheriff: Girls robbed of $150 at lemonade stand
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Authorities say three girls selling lemonade in central Georgia to raise money for a hospitalized toddler were robbed of about $150 at their stand.
Houston County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland said Monday that a man and woman approached the girls Saturday and the man snatched the money jar from a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities told WMAZ-TV that a 21-year-old woman was subsequently arrested and deputies are seeking a male suspect.
The children were trying to raise money for a cousin of one of the girls, a 2-year-old who soon will undergo treatment for an intestinal disease in Cincinnati.
Holland called the robbery “a first” for him in his years of crime-fighting, telling The Associated Press: “I’ve never had a case where a child at a lemonade stand has been robbed.”
Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is using its new rules to crack down on sex abuse by high-ranking churchmen, revealing that it has ordered a Belgian bishop to no longer work as a priest while officials determine his punishment.
Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, 74, admitted abusing his nephew and resigned a year ago, just as the sex abuse scandal was spreading across Europe and the Vatican was revising the way it handled prosecutions of bishops and other top officials.
Pope Benedict XVI will eventually decide his fate. Benedict will base a punishment on the diagnosis and prognosis of Vangheluwe’s treatment, and on “the suffering of the victims and the need for justice,” the Vatican said.
Vangheluwe is still technically a priest, though he is not allowed to celebrate Mass publicly. Among the possible punishments that Benedict can issue is to remove him from the priesthood altogether.