Investigation underway after plane crash averted at JFK airport in New York

An investigation is underway after a plane crash between two planes was averted Friday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 plane was due to take off from the busy airport around 8.45pm when it was frantically ordered by air traffic controllers to stop after noticing another plane, operated by American Airlines, crossing in front of the airliner departure, the FAA said in a statement.

“Delta 1943, revoke take-off clearance!” an air traffic controller could be heard saying in an audio recording of air traffic control communications made by LiveATC, a website that monitors and shares flight communications.

The Delta aircraft was able to come to a safe stop, with the abrupt stop felt by passengers on board.

β€œIt was like a split second of panic that led to this audible reaction on the plane,” Brian Heale, a passenger on the Delta flight, told NBC News. “I felt the adrenaline and there was total silence on the plane, then there was relief when the plane came to a stop.”

The Delta plane came to rest about 1,000 feet from where American Airlines Flight 106, a Boeing 777, had crossed from an adjacent taxiway, according to the FAA.

The flight, which had 145 passengers on board and 6 crew, returned to the gate after the incident and customers had to disembark the plane.

The flight was then delayed overnight due to crew resources, with passengers being accommodated overnight, a Delta Air Lines spokesperson said. He left Saturday morning just before 10:20 a.m.

“The safety of our customers and our crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” they said, adding that the airline would “work with aviation authorities and assist them in conducting a comprehensive review” of the aircraft. ‘incident.

American Airlines referred all calls to the FAA.

John Cox, a retired pilot and aviation safety professor at the University of Southern California, said he wondered if there was “miscommunication between the American crew and air traffic controllers”.

Asked how rare such incidents are, he said: “Sometimes it happens when there is a misunderstanding about an air traffic control clearance and someone ends up having to abort a takeoff.”

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board said they would investigate the incident.

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