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The crash comes amid general travel chaos at JFK airport ever since it closed on Thursday due to the "bomb cyclone" that hit the East Coast.

In a statement, The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey Saturday evening stated that they, along with the FAA, are "limiting some flights into JFK" and all worldwide arrivals into the airport's Terminal 1.

The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association said the right wing tip of a China Southern aircraft struck the tail end of a Kuwait Airways plane, causing damage to both aircraft near Terminal 4 around midnight.

"The Port Authority intends to aggressively review with its partners, the terminal operators and airlines, the process to assure that planes and passengers get to their gates during the surge of rescheduled flights that follow a severe weather event".

'I waited for baggage, then at 7.30pmish they said "Oh sorry, because the plane went into the wrong terminal we can't bring it in".

Kuwait Airways said on Twitter that Flight 118 from NY to Kuwait was struck by the Chinese plane as it was parked before takeoff. The airport was mostly shut down due to the snowstorm on Thursday, leading to a massive backlog of flights. The airline said it was working with authorities in NY to investigate.

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Passengers on Kuwait Airways flight 118 were taken to hotels and alternative routes for them will be planned, NBC New York reports.

Tracking site Flightradar24 said at least 12 global flights had been waiting, around two to four hours, for a gate to deplane.

Gates that handle worldwide flights reached capacity, causing some planes to be held on the tarmac before terminal gates would be available. "Is anyone there?", tweeted one passenger who had landed on a flight from Germany at 8 p.m. "@NYGovCuomo" said another passenger.

According to air travel tracking service Flightradar 24, dozens of planes had the same issues after landing.

In eastern Canada, which has suffered through extreme cold for two weeks, there were further flight delays and cancellations at Toronto airport, and some communities along the Quebec coast faced flooding.

The situation comes the same day an American Airlines flight had to return to the airport following takeoff after a mechanical failure.


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