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Planes collide on ground at Nashville airport

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

No injuries were reported after two planes collided in a towing mishap Tuesday afternoon at Nashville International Airport.

The private planes - a Gulfstream G550 jet registered to H. J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and a Beech 90 twin engine registered to West Air Holdings, LLC of Memphis - collided in the general aviation area before 3 p.m.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said the Gulfstream jet was being towed on the Atlantic Aviation ramp when it apparently broke loose from the tug and collided into the parked Beech plane.

The nose of the Gulfstream jet wedged beneath the Beech plane, lifting the rear of the smaller Beech plane off the ground.

Michael Mullen, Heinz vice president of corporate affairs, said the plane had flown Heinz employees to a customer meeting in Nashville, and no flight crew or Heinz executives were aboard the jet at the time of the incident.

An airport spokesperson said airport operations were not affected.

The FAA is investigating. Mullen said "safety is paramount at Heinz," and the company is "cooperating fully with the FAA."

Stay with WSMV.com for updates as more information becomes available.

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