Trump’s Private Plane Involved in Fender Bender at LaGuardia

Nov 29, 2018

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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.

H/T: AP

Featured image by Robert Alexander/Getty Images.

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