FAA launches investigation after two planes nearly collide at JFK airport

Grounded Delta Airlines planes are parked at the gates of John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 11, 2023 in New York City.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation after two commercial jets narrowly avoided a collision at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

The FAA said a Boeing 737 operated by Delta Air Lines aborted its takeoff around 8:45 p.m. when air traffic controllers noticed another American Airlines plane crossing the runway. The Delta flight “stopped its takeoff run about 1,000 feet” from where the American Airlines Boeing 777 had crossed, according to the FAA’s preliminary analysis.

The agency told CNBC that information is subject to change.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet on Sunday that he is also investigating the incident.

Flight Observer @xJonNYC noticed the near miss and shared audio of air traffic control’s tense exchange on Twitter on Saturday.

“Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans! Delta 1943 cancels take-off plans!” a person can be heard saying.

“Reject,” responds another person.

A Delta Air Lines representative said Flight 1943 was heading to the Dominican Republic, but after the plane stopped on the runway, it returned to the gate and customers disembarked.

The flight was delayed overnight due to crew resources and took off the following morning.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s number one priority,” the rep said in a statement. “Delta will work with and assist aviation authorities on a full review of Flight 1943 on January 13 regarding a successful aborted takeoff procedure at New York-JFK. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay. of their travels.

An American Airlines spokesperson said the company would defer to the FAA for comment.

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