Near-collision of two planes at JFK prompts FAA investigation

Near-collision of two planes at JFK prompts FAA investigation

Near-collision of two planes at JFK prompts FAA investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it will open an investigation into a near miss of two commercial aircraft that occurred last Friday, the 13th.

The close-quarters incident took place on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York around 8:45 p.m. local time. when an American Airlines plane unexpectedly taxied past a Delta Air Lines plane that was about to begin its take-off roll.


Delta Air Lines Flight 1943, a Boeing 737 bound for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, found itself slamming on the brakes when air traffic controllers noticed its path was about to converge with that of a passenger plane. ‘American Airlines “crossing the runway in front of the departing airliner,” according to the FAA statement.

“According to a preliminary analysis, Delta Air Lines Flight 1943 stopped its takeoff roll at approximately 1,000 feet before reaching the point where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, had crossed from a taxiway. adjacent,” the FAA said.

Fortunately, disaster was averted and no one was injured in the near miss.

NPR found audio recordings of air traffic control conversations with the two planes posted on Twitter. An air traffic control officer can be heard clearing the Delta flight to take off, after which another says, “American 106 heavy hold position, American 106 heavy hold position.”

Then, in a panicked tone, an air traffic controller issues another urgent order: “Delta 1943 cancels take-off clearance!” Delta 1943 cancels take-off authorization! After which, someone responds, “Reject.”

Another part of the audio clip is obviously an exchange between an air traffic controller and one of the American 106 pilots. “I guess we’ll listen to the tapes, but you were supposed to leave runway 4 to the left,” says the air traffic controller. “You are currently out of [runway] 3-1 on the left.”

Subsequently, American Airlines flight 106, bound for London Heathrow, departed on time, while the Delta flight returned to its gate and was then unable to depart due to staffing issues, the airline said. Its 145 passengers disembarked and were put up at a hotel for the night, and the flight took off the next morning instead.

“The safety of our customers and our crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” Delta said in a statement to CNN, adding that it stands ready to cooperate with any analysis of the incident that National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) might wish to launch. .

“Delta will work with and assist the NTSB on a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 regarding an aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK,” the carrier’s spokesperson said in a statement. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay to their trips.”

American Airlines has not commented on the incident, referring all questions to the FAA.

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