FAA investigates near miss between two planes at JFK airport : NPR

Grounded planes are seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 21. 11 2023 during a system failure.

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Grounded planes are seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 21. 11 2023 during a system failure.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near-miss Friday between two commercial jets at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to initial information from the FAA, a Delta Air Lines flight had to stop “its takeoff roll about 1,000 feet” from where an American Airlines flight had crossed the same runway in front of the Delta plane. .

The close call occurred around 8:45 p.m. local time as the American Airlines plane, a Boeing 777, was traveling from an adjacent taxiway and air traffic controllers noticed the two planes approaching were approaching, the FAA said.

In sound posted on Twitter by Flight Observer @xJonNYCa panicked air traffic controller appears to realize that the two planes are converging and orders Delta’s plane, a Boeing 737, to stop.

“Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans! Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans!” the person said. “Reject,” someone replies.

Another clip appears to be a conversation between an air traffic controller and one of the American Airlines pilots.

“I guess we’ll listen to the tapes, but you were supposed to leave runway 4 to the left,” the air traffic controller said. “You are currently out of [runway] 3-1 on the left.”

A Delta spokesperson said the safety of its customers and crew is the airline’s top priority.

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

According to Delta, 145 passengers and six crew members were on board the flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

After the near miss, the flight returned to the gate and was delayed overnight due to crew resources, the airline said. The customers were accommodated for the night and the flight took off the following morning.

American Airlines said it was deferring its comments to the FAA.

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