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Tampa airport's welcome damages Japanese jet

Tampa, Florida -- A Japan Airlines jet was damaged over the weekend after the plane landed at Tampa International Airport. It was slowly pulling up to the gate as a water cannon, typically used for special occasions, was launched.

The Airport Fire Department's equipment was being operated by crews with the City of Tampa's Fire Department. They created a water salute to welcome the soccer team that was on board the plane. Airport officials were not sure of the team on board and airline officials didn't return our phone calls on Monday.

If you watch the images unfold on a YouTube video you can see that a fire truck was parked too close to the right wing of the plane. A fire hose damages the tip of the wing breaking off a wing tip light.

It was a chartered plane and no one was hurt. Airport officials say out of all the times they've done the water salute before something like this has never happened. Monday night after repairs were made the jet was scheduled to return to service.


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