Trump’s Private Plane Involved in Fender Bender at LaGuardia

Nov 29, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

President Donald Trump’s private jet — the well-known Boeing 757 in which he jetted around the US during his 2016 presidential campaign — was involved in a minor accident at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on Wednesday morning.

The massive private plane was in its parking spot at LGA when a corporate jet, a twin-engine Bombardier Global Express with three crew members on board, clipped the wing of so-called “Trump Force One.” The corporate jet was being led by ground crew along a nearby ramp when the incident occurred at about 8:30am. Trump’s plane was empty and not in use, the Trump Organization told the AP.

There were no injuries, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport.

Since he’s been in the White House, Trump has eschewed use of his red-and-black liveried private jet and has instead flown aboard Air Force One, the modified Boeing 747 that traditionally carries the president.

Trump’s personal Boeing 757, stamped with his name in gold lettering, was formerly a commercial plane for a Mexican budget airline. In 2011, Trump bought it from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for a reported $100 million. According to the Trump Organization, the plane is equipped with 24-karat gold fixtures and leather seats. It also has a bedroom.

It’s quite a bit different from the 4,000-square-foot Air Force One, which is equipped with a conference room, dining room, inflight “Oval Office,” presidential bedroom and bathroom — and one for senior staffers — and its own medical room and operating room for inflight emergencies. Trump has placed a $3.9 billion order with Boeing for a brand new Air Force One, which he said he wants to paint in a red, white and blue color scheme.

It was not clear exactly how much damage either plane suffered in Wednesday’s reportedly minor collision. But according to flight tracking site FlightAware, the corporate jet later flew to Hartford, Connecticut, where a Bombardier service center is located.


Featured image by Robert Alexander/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.