A Westjet Boeing 737 hits a catering truck at Vancouver International

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Vancouver - A Westjet Boeing 737 aircraft bound for Palm Springs hit a catering truck on the tarmac at Vancouver International Airport Thursday morning, January 3rd.

While leaving from its gate, WestJet flight 1722 from Vancouver to Palm Springs touched a catering vehicle.

After the incident, the flight was delayed and the aircraft was withdrawn from the service. Passengers and crew returned to the lounge, while arrangements were being made for the replacement aircraft.

Westjet said that pilot error wasn't an issue in the incident, because the aircraft was being towed back by an airport ground crew with a tug when the incident happened.

We sincerely apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused our guests and are working to get them on their way as soon as possible, said the airline in a statement.

A spokesperson for Vancouver International Airport said that the plane has been taken out of service.

The flight departed at 1:05 pm local with a three-and-a-half hours delay.