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NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- A commercial plane with more than 300 people on board bumped an empty plane Tuesday at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A tip of the wing of Lufthansa Flight 403, headed to Frankfurt, Germany, brushed the right winglet of a second plane, said Lufthansa spokeswoman Jennifer Urbaniak. A wing on the Lufthansa Boeing 747 was damaged, she said.

In a statement, Lufthansa said there were 291 passengers, three infants and 17 crew members on board. No injuries were reported. The passengers were taken off the plane. (Watch for views of the damage and the tiny taxiway another plane mistakenly used as a runway -- 1:50)

The second plane was an empty Continental Airlines Boeing 757, which was being moved to a remote overnight parking spot "and was in a stationary position" when the contact occurred, the airline said in a statement.

It "was apparently brushed by a taxiing Lufthansa 747 aircraft," Continental said. "It appears that the 747's left wing brushed the 757's right wing."

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m., said Alan Hicks, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Lufthansa flight was canceled, he said. No delays resulted at the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, Hicks said.


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