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(WASHINGTON) — Lufthansa and United Express planes clipped each other on a taxiway at Dulles Airport, causing no apparent injuries, officials told ABC News affiliate WJLA.

The collision occurred at 3:15 p.m. on the taxiway in front of Gate A, according to a spokesman for Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. Fire and rescue crews responded.

It appeared the wing of a departing Lufthansa Airbus 330 clipped the tail of an arriving Bombadier Q400, a type of Dash-8 operated by Colgan Air for United, according to the Dulles spokesman. The collision caused physical damage to both planes.

The Lufthansa plane involved was flight 417, the Dulles spokesman said. That flight normally flies to Frankfurt, Germany and had 183 people on board, WJLA reported.

United Express flight 3912 had arrived at Dulles Airport from Pittsburgh, a spokesman for Pinnacle Airlines, Colgan’s parent company, told WJLA. The spokesman added that the Colgan plane continued to the gate and all 68 passengers safely deplaned.

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